Gayle Hebbard
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Gayle Hebbard  

 Australian artist living and working in Tallai, on the Gold Coast. Queensland. Born in Yarram, Victoria. Studied Art at La Trobe University Bendigo from 1992.

My work could be described as eclectic as it is continually evolving and incorporates new technology as well as contemporary and traditional techniques. I have created fantasy, abstract expressionist, surrealism, as well as traditional realism.

My latest body of work is exploring Encaustic painting, also know as hot wax painting.  This involves using heated beeswax to which damar resin and pigments are added to produce the colours. Encaustic painting is one of the oldest art forms.  The earliest applications of encaustic wax paint was done by the artists of Ancient Greece.   The word encaustic originates from the Greek work enkaustikos, which means to burn in, and this process is necessary for a painting to be called encaustic.  

Not long after, the Egyptians began to adapt to the use of wax paint.  This technique was used in the Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300 AD.  The oldest surviving encaustic panel paintings are the Romano-Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits from the 1st Century BC.

Despite being over 2000 years old, they are still on display in museums today withstanding the test of time with minimal cracking and without having faded or darkened in colour. 

I have also experimented with digital art, and sometimes use these as a starting point for a painting in either oil, watercolour, acrylic or another medium, or I use a combination of digital and oil. The digital work can stand alone and can be printed on stretched canvas or paper. My traditional subject matter includes portraits of all types including animal and house portraits.  

Commissions in most mediums and subjects accepted. Any of my digitally created images can be produced in oil, watercolour or pastel. Contact me on to discuss your requirements and for quotations.

My work is available for viewing by direct contact with me on Please email for an appointment if you wish to view my work or discuss commissions, lease or purchase.