Gail Baker is a mask maker and multi-media artist. She earned a BA in Philosophy at the University of Washington and an MA in Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. Her master’s thesis was on creative expression as healing, an approach she has explored in her art and teaching. Baker has taught art and other subjects in k-12 for 20 years in Washington and Alaska. While living in Homer, Alaska, Baker completed multiple Artist-in-the-School residencies. Through her Backdoor Studio in the basement of Bunnell Street Gallery, she also taught classes for adults, teenagers and children. She believes “mask making is unique and can be tied to almost any subject. It’s an art form that lends itself well to deepening understanding of academic subjects, personal expression, and self-exploration.” Baker now lives in Washington.