Gina Maria Xifo Webber was born in Florida and moved to southern California when she was three years old. She grew up on the Palos Verdes Pennisula, living in the Lunada Bay area by the ocean. As a child her family lived in Paris, France for two years where she and her siblings attended French schools and were immersed not only in the French language but also La Culture Française. Her mother shared her love of history and the arts with her children, visiting many historical sights and art museums that left a lasting impression.
As a young adult Gina lived in Europe for several years working on a farm in the Orkney Isles of Scotland, herding sheep, raising cattle and attending the local Agricultural College. She worked briefly in the Fursbreck Pottery studio under Andrew Appleby. She eventually returned to France where she lived with a French family working as an Au Pair, studying french at the Alliance Française and attending art history classes at the École du Louvre.
Returning to the U.S., living in San Francisco she managed a small woodworking business building handmade furniture and attended Art Illustration classes at the Academy of Art College. Succumbing to working in the corporate world to support her family, Gina moved back to southern California where she worked in the aerospace industry for over 36 years. She studied painting with fellow Palos Verdes resident and award winning Plein-Air artist, Daniel W. Pinkham.
Never letting go of her passion for art she retired to the Eastern Sierra where she is inspired by the beauty of the area, creating fine art illustrations in pen and ink, painting and pyrography, using heated metal tools to draw directly on to locally-harvested wood.
Some of her work can be found at Inyo Council of the Arts and Mono Arts Council Galleries, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association Centers, the Bishop Art Supply Store and Spellbinder Book Store. Gina currently participates in local community arts and crafts festivals such as The Tri-County Fair and The Altrusa Art Show in Bishop.