Creating fantastic and mythic works has been and continues to be a lifelong love and commitment for me. When creating sculpture, the joy for me is in translating imagery from my mind's eye into three-dimensional reality. It's an intriguing challenge to project a dynamic two-dimensional graphic image outward visually into 3D reality. That challenge fuels my imagination and inspires me daily. I am also drawn to continue creating works on a heroic scale.
Biography: Eager to draw from life and his vivid imagination, Gary has been rendering and modeling on the drawing pad and in sculpture since early childhood. By age twelve, he was designing silk screen logos for local businesses and his own comic characters were printed on a line of T-shirts by the age of sixteen. With several oil paintings already commissioned to him, Gary graduated with an Associate degree in Commercial Art at seventeen. His formal fine arts education continued at Kent State University in Ohio. He later graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Art Institute, majoring in Visual Communications with strong emphasis on Sculptural Special Effects. Gary spent a total of fifteen years working at a local bronze foundry which helped him evolve into the competent and creative Bronze Sculptor that he is today. It allowed him to master all aspects of the casting process including mold-making, pulling and working waxes, welding and assembly, rough and finish chasing, and his specialty, multi-color patinas. To this day, Gary still executes all of these steps himself on every bronze he produces, an uncommon practice among bronze artists of today. His work thus represents a caliber of excellence in artistry and craftsmanship rarely found in contemporary bronze sculpture. In recent years, Gary has been recognized for his efforts with several honorable awards including Best of Show Peer Choice at the Sedona National Sculpture Walk, First and Best of Show in the Science Fiction Westercon in Phoenix, Arizona, and First for Best 3-Dimensional work at the World Fantasy Art Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This experience led to a 1993 "Chesley Award" from the American Science Fiction Artists Association for Best 3-D. His work has also been featured in several books, including "Spectrum 1", "The Frank Collection", and "The Chesley Awards Retrospective".
Country: United States
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