Gay Gaddis' paintings are the intersection of her inner creative spirit and the vast Texas Hill Country skies. The Double Heart is Gaddis’ home, pride and open-air studio. It serves as inspiration to capture the essence of the Texas countryside and the symbolism of the Double Heart brand—enduring passion, forging new trails, safe passage and journeys motivated by love. In Gaddis’ landscapes, these themes are captured as nature’s elements collide in bursts of color and layers of brush strokes to create the feeling of big and ever-changing skies.
Gaddis has a deeply rooted belief that nature informs our thinking and actions, so she takes her paint and canvas outside on the ranch to surround herself with the very nature her art embodies.
The artist works from the top of the canvas and paints down to the horizon to create landscapes that feel both rustic and refined. Her paintings make you feel her physical presence at The Double Heart through thousands of brush strokes that melt colors into each other.
Beyond being her inspiration and studio, The Double Heart is a working Texas Longhorn ranch and family retreat. Along with the Longhorn, the ranch is home to quarter horses, a herd of Boer goats, Border Collies and abundant wildlife–deer, turkey, wild hogs, coyotes, fox, ringtails, rattlesnakes and many more.
Gaddis’ art is a return to her truest creative roots. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas in 1977 (she is now on the advisory council for the University of Texas Fine Arts College), her creative impulse took her into the world of advertising for almost 40 years (and counting). In that time, she founded T3, which is now the largest U.S. advertising agency owned by a woman.
Texas Monthly recently named Gay as a Top 10 Artist to collect now, and she has been featured in the acclaimed Page Magazine as one of the top 10 shows to see in NYC.