Gary is a Vermont artist who grew up in the picturesque Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. While attending Kutztown University of Pennsylvania he studied drawing and oil painting as part of his Bachelors Degree. At that time he developed an interest in watercolor but is mostly self-taught. Upon completion of his degree, he moved to the Catskill Mountains in New York to teach public school and continue watercolor painting.
During this time he also developed an interest in stage design and scenic painting. This eventually led to three years of study at the Yale University School of Drama where he earned an MFA in Production Design. In 1974 he became professor (now emeritus) of stage design at the State University College at Fredonia, NY and began designing for regional theatre and opera companies. He continued to develop his watercolor skills by teaching rendering and painting techniques to the design students.
Gary is a signature member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and the Vermont Watercolor Society. His work has been shown in national watercolor shows and is in collections in North and South America and in Europe. He is active with the Vermont Watercolor Society and currently serves as president of the Mad River Valley Arts Foundation, the parent organization of the month-long Vermont Festival of the Arts.