Gale Madyun

A former geologist, artist Gale Madyun shows us what a life of retirement full of grace and joy looks like. All photos by Sarah Soquel Morhaim.


What do you do? How did you get started?

I'm an Artist. I retired from my career as a state geologist, many years later I stayed at an artist colony in Vermont where I was influenced to be a visual artist.

What do you love most about your work.

As an artist, I have the freedom to express my emotions.

What are you working on now?

An exhibit of over 70 assemblage art palm fronds coined Protection Shields, which I feel is sacred medicine derived from my communing with my ancestors and orisa.

Is there a memorable occasion or story where you’ve worn our clothing?

I felt like a Queen among Queens at the Las Vegas Jazz Festival this year. I received many compliments on my snakebite print dress. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

An early morning swim or water aerobics, chores, and then a day in the studio.

Where do you find inspiration?

In anything and everything, especially being outside in nature. I love the OD prints and fabrics, wearing them helps me.

What are the top 3 places we should check out in your city?

1) The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

2) City Hall

3) Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade

Is there any music you’re loving right now?

I'm an old school jazz and rhythm and blues listener.

You’re hosting the dinner party of your dreams. Who is invited (anyone, dead or alive) and what’s for dinner?

Dressed in my snakebite print with lots of bracelets I'd host my two grandmothers with Chinese food and a blueberry cobbler for dessert.



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Bata Dress in Carmine


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