Born in the 1920’s Grace Gardner’s dedication to art began in her native America inspired by visits to The Art Institute of Chicago where she visited as a child and where she later studied.
Her childhood interest grew into a lifelong passion, developed and encouraged by visits to Europe and the Far East.  A permanent move to Cornwall in 1982 brought her in close contact with many of the important figures in British art who had made St Ives their home.
Grace first became involved with the Portscatho community many years ago and continued to paint every day from her studio in Flushing until her death in July 2013. Grace Gardner can make colours dance.  She spreads great joy through her vibrant and innovative paintings. Through a long and distinguished career Grace embraced a variety of art: African art, Surrealism and Pop Art. However, it is as an abstract painter that she is now chiefly known.