Gary earned undergraduate degrees in Christian Ministries from Houghton College and in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While working for local government in planning, developing and delivering health and human services to persons in need, Gary began producing and publicly showing his artwork with encouraging success. This ultimately led to a return to school and the completion of a Master’s Degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Buffalo.
Gary’s varied life experiences and career have influenced his art. The elderly, children with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the poor, and more abstractly, the problem of pain, suffering, vulnerability and alienation have consistently informed his work. Additionally, Gary’s Christian background and faith has been, as he puts it, “a formative influence and formidable adversary in the spiritual inflection and tonality of my art.”
Gary is twice past-president of the Buffalo Society of Artists, an occasional adjunct instructor at Daemen College and has served as a board member and consultant to local arts organizations. He was honored with the “Arts and Community Service Award” from the Homeless Alliance of WNY for his collaborative work with the Matt Urban Hope Center in raising public awareness through his exhibition of painted portraits entitled, “Out of Darkness: Putting a Face on Homelessness.”
Gary’s work has been shown in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Rochester and other cities in the Northeast as well as in Canada. He continues to live and work in Western New York.