Gail Troutman


For as far back as I can remember I have loved to just make stuff. I’d take things apart and put them back together in a different way with glue, a needle and thread or with a hammer and nails. My mother sewed and my father made antique reproduction furniture so there were always a lot of interesting materials to work with. From fabric, wood, and scraps from sheets of copper I’d make doll houses, dollhouse furniture, dolls and doll clothes. I also loved to draw and paint.

In high school I preferred art and sewing classes to all of the others, and probably would have loved wood shop as well had I been allowed to take it. After school I supported myself as a hairstylist, worked in flower shops and made custom slipcovers and draperies.

Not until many years later when my son went to college and I had more free time could I focus my attention on making art. Always with found materials, I taught myself soft sculpture, collage and finally pique assiette mosaics which has held my interest now for two decades. My work has been represented in galleries, shows and coffee shops in the North East.

I believe that my bold use of color is what people first notice about my mosaics. I enjoy using materials in unexpected ways so as to have a powerful yet soothing effect. My work has been described as joyful and energetic.

Artist Statement

When I was young my mother would take me to art shows. I once saw a piece where the artist had taken different colored spools of thread, and unwound them beautifully on to a canvas. I was intrigued by the idea of creating with materials that were made for a different purpose. Thread wasn’t just for sewing it was a medium like paint! So began my love for making things with found objects. Pique assiette (mosaics made with broken china) is the perfect fit for my lifelong love of finding and creating. I never tire of experimenting with the colors, shapes and textures of materials I have collected, and how they relate to adjacent pieces.