Since obtaining his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Gary's main creative focus has been acrylic painting and Japanese wood block printing. His early work played on semiotics, identity, nature, the possibilities inherent in objects, and the idea that things are not necessarily what they seem or are supposed to be. In recent years, his large landscape and figurative paintings have been in the modernist and tonalist style, and his preferred printmaking technique has been whiteline printmaking in the tradition of the Provincetown artists.
Sustaining Gary’s visions is his dexterity with color to emphasize balance and variations in light. As many artists before him, his creative motivation and drive focuses on light and the interplay of light on objects, figures, landscapes to convey their texture and substance as well as evoke different moods in the viewer. As we rely most on our sense of sight, connoisseurs and uninitiated alike, respond instinctively to the luminous quality of Gary’s paintings.
Gary is accomplished in European, American, and Japanese printmaking techniques. He hand carves and hand prints all his own prints, the majority of which are one-of-a-kind. He skillfully produces black-and-white and multicolor images from artist's grade linoleum or laminated wood using:
- Black and white technique employed by early Renaissance and Eastern printmakers
- Reduction method invented by Picasso
- Multi-plate and multicolor techniques used by Japanese and Modern printmakers
- White line technique created by 20th century American printmakers mainly working in Provincetown (Cape Cod)
Early Surrealist Work
The narrative of Gary’s surrealist paintings is a complex weaving of humor, fantasy, elements of nature, and symbolism. His work explores the human condition and social themes that resonate with each viewer in a personal and profound way. He creates a world that is simultaneously familiar and recognizable, and yet alien and fantastical.
Gary employs himself as the subject in many of his paintings to investigate and communicate emotions and thoughts lying beneath his consciousness and reveal them with dramatic compositions involving sharp perspective, striking lights and shadows, geometrical planes, and voids of space.
Gary serves on the board of the prestigious California Society of Printmakers and teaches printmaking techniques throughout the Bay Area.