Gil Shuler was raised on a farm in Sumter, South Carolina by hardworking parents who taught him the value of hard work, good craftsmanship and strong relationships. Gil shares that he was a doodler from an early age, but his fascination with drawing can be traced back to when he was around the age of 6, when his parents added onto the house.
Young Gil determinedly, and enthusiastically attempted to draw the plans for the remodel, incorporating architectural elevations with the use of a ruler. It didn’t take his parents long to notice his affinity for art and offer to get him art lessons. Later in life, Gil added a proficiency in oil painting along with a love of the fine arts, but it was during his sophomore year at Western Carolina University that Gil discovered Graphic Design and found his creative niche.
The Barn Jam poster series
Posters are near and dear to Gil’s heart – so he does a lot of them. Here are a few of the event posters he’s done for the weekly Barn Jam at Awendaw Green.
Gil has been described as an easygoing guy, who will call a spade a spade. He readily admits to ‘having a problem with authority’, and wanting to do things his own way, hence the push to open his own agency (obviously a good decision!) and step away from the inhouse position he held at the time.
Today, he runs his shop the way he manages life – with grace, integrity, honesty and a desire to laugh as much as possible.
When he’s not working, Gil enjoys spending quality time with his wife, hanging out with friends, and fishing. Gil’s love of fishing played a role in his move to Charleston; is reflected in his company logo; and he indicates that ‘… getting out in the harbor, creeks, or open ocean always inspires and refreshes [his] soul.‘
On September 26, we’re honored to host Gil Shuler for an evening of design tales at Blue Ion (301B King Street, downtown Charleston) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm. View the map for directions and parking information.
Photo credit: J Fletcher