Gail Hillow Watkins, originally from Washington, DC, now lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and her Master’s Degree from American University. In 1996, two of her paintings were accepted by the prestigious Watkins Gallery at American University for their permanent collection. Her paintings are included in numerous private, corporate and museum collections in the United States and abroad.

After teaching painting at St. John’s College for 20 years, she now serves as an advisor to the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s. In 1998, her work was included in an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery entitled “Linked to Landscape.” That exhibit travelled to the Trenton Museum of Art and then to the DeLand Museum of Art. After a one-person exhibition at the Dalton Art Center in October 2003, her work was shown at The Gaston County Museum in North Carolina. In 2005, her work travelled to The Wayne Center for the Arts in Ohio, then to the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

In 2006, she exhibited at the Elliott Museum in Hutchison, Florida and in 2007, her work travelled to the Irving Art Center in Dallas. The sales of her one-person show at the DeMatteis Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, 2006-2007, were donated to The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. In October, 2007, Gallery 10 in Washington, DC, was the host of “Iconic Imagery,” another one-person exhibition by the artist. In January, 2010, she exhibited her new work, “Excavations,” at the DeMatteis Gallery in Annapolis. In May, 2013, the Wynn Bone Gallery in Annapolis showed her most recent work "Comics and Chromosomes."