Gayle Wheatley

1. A globe trekking writer and artist.

2. One who loves to hike volcanoes, play the ukulele, paint mermaids and ninjas, and practice the martial art of Jeet Kune Do.

Gayle is a professional writer and editor based in Los Angeles who writes about food, travel, and art. Winning highly sought-after journalism fellowships several years in a row, Gayle earned her B.A. in Journalism and Art from Pepperdine University where she worked under world-renowned experts in the field of journalism. Gayle has since worked as an art director, editor, writer, and illustrator for a variety of magazines, newspapers, websites, and top companies. Her work has appeared in Natural Health magazine, Teen magazine, Southern Bride magazine, EasyJet magazine, Tokyo Scene magazine,, Whole Life Times, Blood and Thunder magazine, and for Billabong, among many others. In addition to writing for numerous food and travel blogs, Gayle is also a culinary travel writer at Suite101 magazine, both a dessert columnist and international travel columnist at, and the editor of

In addition to her work as a writer, Gayle has led creative design and marketing strategies for 12+ years, notably for Houlihan Lokey Howard and Zukin and Pepperdine University where she held the title of art director. In 2003 she founded The Design Star, a creative studio that provides a wide range of print and web design services. Gayle has won several design awards, including a HOW design award and a CASE design award in the category of visual identity systems. She is also a member of AIGA, the professional association for design.

Gayle is an accomplished painter and illustrator whose work has been published in countless magazines and publications worldwide. Her art has also been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and can be found in numerous private collections around the globe. Painting since age 5, Gayle later studied fine art at both Pepperdine University and the prestigious Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She went on to teach art for several years in Japan and California after completing graduate coursework in art education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A prolific painter with a massive body of work, Gayle recently completed the Daily Paintress project, where she painted over 100 paintings in 10 months. Additionally, Gayle is a member of both the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. To view her artwork, visit

Originally from California, Gayle has lived abroad in both Italy and Japan, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Some of her favorite trips include driving Iceland's ring road, getting married in St. Lucia, Japanese onsens, celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, practicing meditation in a monastery in Thailand, getting stranded on the Greek islands during a storm, climbing the Great Wall of China, soaking in mineral springs under the midnight sun, watching cherry blossoms fall like snow in Japan, seeing Guernica in person and experiencing flamenco dancing in Spain, gorging on dim sum in Hong Kong, and living la dolce vita in Italy. To date she has journeyed across 5 continents, 39 countries, and 400+ cities, and her extreme wanderlust shows no sign of abating.


An avid cook and foodie raised in California wine country, Gayle gained culinary expertise in the areas of both winemaking and pastry arts, learning the art of European pastries and confections from an early age and fueling her passion for artful desserts. She later studied Moroccan cooking in Marrakech, and Italian cuisine in Florence with a special emphasis on gelato and the art of pizza-making. She is also an expert on Japanese cuisine from the Kansai region.