The footpainter Gayle Russell was born on 30 September 1953 in Auckland, New Zealand. When she was two months old, she fell ill with cerebral paralysis. She lived in a home for disabled people in Waipukarau. She has been taking painting lessons from Mrs. Shirley Beverage since 1991, and has taken part in various exhibitions in New Zealand. Her hobbies are sewing (with the foot), gardening and bowling in the disabled people's league.
Date of birth: 30.09.1953
Scholarship holder since: 01.09.1994