When Gail was young, she wanted to be a set designer or musician, but discovered she was too independent to take much direction. She started working with clay at 17, but was also traveling with a folk music group (Methodist), working with amateur theater groups, and teaching guitar and macramé classes. Gail received her first certificate in crafts from Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia, 1982 and got an associates degree in engineering technology at Lord Fairfax Community College, 1987. She received her first bachelor of art degree from Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia in 1989 and a second bachelors in 2000 from the University of Southern Colorado. She received her masters in ceramic sculpture in 2004 from Adams State College. Gail says these are the constants in her life: Change. Travel. Family. Learning. Teaching. Helping. Nature. Searching for truth.