Pearlene Gavlik was born in Lowell, Mass. She began her art career as a young teenager drawing people in pencil and charcoal. She found herself studying people's facial features and gestures, rather than paying attention in math class.

After getting married and having four children, her art was put on hold for many years, until she had more time. In 1984 she began designing and painting folk art, which she would sell at art and craft shows throughout New England. She enjoyed painting the folk art for a while, but was yearning to start creating paintings on canvas.

Her first paintings were done in acrylics in the Americana Primitive style. Pearlene's favorite subject to paint at that time was barn scenes with families working and playing together. Her color choices were warm and vibrant, particularly loving the complementary colors of red and green.

Pearlene sold her paintings at Art and Craft shows and through Previte Art Gallery in Amherst, N.H. After completing about eighty paintings in this style, she dicided to start experimenting in other mediums. She tried oils for a few paintings and found waiting for them to dry to do the next layer made her lose interest.

Pearlene started using watercolors and found her new passion. Seeing all those jewel-like colors blending and merging together was very visually exciting to her. She loves painting flowers because of the beautiful colors and the beauty of the delicate petals. She has many flower beds at her home, and raises them from seed in her greenhouse.

Pearlene also has a great love for the sea. Being at the sea makes her want to run and jump with excitement like a little child running on the beach. After being there for a while, she finds peace and contentment, sitting and watching the waves roll into shore.

Pearlene is exhibiting and selling her art work through her web site, Bebes Art for Everyone Gallery in Cave Junction Oregon, Oregon Caves Gifts and Gallery , Clear Creek Family Practice in Selma, Oregon, the River Gallery in Florence, Oregon and Crescent Harbor Gallery in Crescent City, Ca. She enters local art shows and has won several ribbons and awards. She is a member of the Josephine County Arts Association in Grants Pass, Oregon and a member of the Redwood Coast Art Association in Crescent City, Ca.