Mavis Abel Gibson

“As an artist, I choose to work with paint: oil and acrylic. I enjoy the fluidity of the medium, its transparency and conversely its opaqueness, its ability to transform, to be shy or bold, lustrous or somber. I enjoy watching light emerge or retreat with the juxtaposition of color and, foremost, I enjoy it as a means of outward expression of an inner experience.”


1977 Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
2011 Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
2010 École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1988 Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC


Mavis Abel Gibson was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and brought up in the midwestern United States. Her painting career follows three decades’ experience in the field of architecture as a professional interior designer. During her design career she was affiliated with nationally recognized architectural firms where it was her responsibility to establish and develop the concept for the interior design of projects, including not only the creation and organization of volumes of space but also the interior architectural definition, finish, and furnishings.

Mavis has traveled extensively outside the United States and over the years made France her home-away-from-home. She began painting in 2009 after spending time working with an artist in the south of France. Following which, in 2010, she studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After returning to Florida she continued the development of her work in classes with internationally recognized artists including Kirk Wang and Robert Liberace.

Mavis currently maintains a studio at ArtLofts in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has exhibited at St. Pete Opera Mirella Cimato Gallery; Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL; The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL; Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa, FL; and Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her work can be seen at Galleria Misto in Belleair, FL, and at BK Antiques in New York City.


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