Gail Rogers Fields, artist
Gail Rogers Fields of North Truro, Mass., formerly of Ridgefield, died April 7 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a long battle with scleroderma. She was 75.
She was born in New York City on Aug. 10, 1940, and moved to Ridgefield as a child. She attended Ridgefield schools and was a member of the graduating class of 1958 from Ridgefield High School. She continued her studies graduating from Parsons School of Design.
She married the late Fred Glissmann of Ridgefield in 1960 and they lived in town where they raised their two children, Susan and Carl.
She spent her life as a working artist. She was a founding member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
After divorcing in 1980, she married Charles Fields in 1991. They were married until her death and lived in Wallingford before moving to Cape Cod in 1991.
On Cape Cod, she was inspired by the coastal scenery of the Atlantic Ocean and its coastline.
In the mid 2000s she befriended the artist Anne Packard who encouraged her to explore her creativity which led her to constantly investigate new methods.
She transformed from a strict style of watercolor to a more free form of oil painting with colors, light and texture. A result was a first place prize for her painting Field Flowers at the Cape Cod Art Association Members Show in June of 2007.
In June 2009 she was featured in a one-woman show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass.
Her work can be found in public and private collections in the U.S. as well as in Belgium and Russia. Her paintings are part of the permanent collection of the United States Coast Guard in Washington D.C.
She was a member of the Cape Cod Art Association and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Besides her husband and her two children, both of Ridgefield, she is survived by a sister Nancy Czejkowski of Lake Charles, La., cousins Chris Lynch of Ridgefield, Diane Izzo of Quakertown, Penn., Dottie Stone of Bedford, Vir., nieces Christina Heilmann of Kennilon, N.J., Janice Curley of Aurora, Colo. Colo., and a nephew, Joe Czejkowski of Raleigh, N.C.
A memorial of her life will be celebrated at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Yale New Haven Hospital Scleroderma Foundation, 6 Devine Street, New Haven, 06743.