Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, Gary’s art is inspired by the people, culture, and landscapes of the desert southwest. His art captured the attention of his high school art instructor, and he was offered a college art scholarship, which he declined to pursue a more “practical” career. Years later, Gary spent several years in Europe, living in Paris, Amsterdam, and Torremoilnas, Spain.
Inspired by the people and architecture, he supported himself by selling pen and ink drawings. He spent the last few months of his tour as a working pirate aboard a re-creation of a Spanish galleon, The Everi. In a storm, the Everi took on water and sank just offshore of Cartajena, Spain. Gary returned home and took over the reins of Green Thumb, then a failing plumbing business, and transformed it into a successful landscaping design and maintenance company, which is still thriving after 30 years. Recently, Gary has re-dedicated himself to his art, with a mind to make up for the years of more “practical” pursuits. On a good day you will find Gary in his art loft making up for lost time.