About the artist
Gary started his career as a graphic designer and has been in business for over 27 years.
10 years ago Gary decided to take the plunge and explore a long-held passion for fine art by taking up painting in his spare time. A passion since he was very young. By sheer chance and good fortune this first foray into the world of art landed him a commission to produce a collection of 19 original pieces for the head office of a multinational company in South Africa. The collection, “Ethnic Reflections”, featured the magical mysteries of Africa expressed using a unique and excitingly vibrant digital technique. The success of this collection led to a second corporate commission based on a similar theme using the same technique.
He then became a member of the Water Colour Society of South Africa. Gary's first attempt as a water colourist saw one of his paintings selected for the society’s 80th Open Exhibition at the society’s Norscot Manor Gallery in Johannesburg. This debut success was quickly followed the next year when all three pieces submitted for the society’s 81st National Exhibition hosted at the Kizo Gallery in KwaZulu-Natal were selected. He was fortunate to score another “clean sweep” a year later when all three of his submissions were selected for the 82nd National Exhibition in Johannesburg. One of Gary's pieces was awarded a Highly Commended – one of only five paintings to be honoured that year. Another clean sweep of three pieces submitted for the 83rd exhibition in Johannesburg earned him the honour of associate membership of the Society after only two years as a member – a relatively rare distinction for a new artist. At the society’s 85th open exhibition his painting of a leopard won another highly commended award and top honours for Viewers’ Choice among more than 180 pieces on show to the public.
Since the sad demise of the society, Gary has branched out into other mediums and techniques, including pencil, acrylic, oils and mixed-media.Thankfully he has enjoyed a degree of success among a small but incredibly loyal following of collectors of his work – particularly his wildlife in water colour, pastels and oils that have also led to several commissions.
Gary's art hangs on the walls in South Africa, UK, USA, Germany, New Zealand & Australia.