I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1992 from the University of Washington and am currently living in Detroit Michigan, and teaching at The College For Creative Studies. My art involves many influences but I feel I have a distinctive style and direction. My work is influenced by Minimalism and the use of common materials is very important to me, as well as direct composition and clarity of form.
Many of the formal elements of Minimalism apply to my work, although Minimalism stressed the machined precision I feel the hand of the artist should not be hidden and craftsmanship is very important to me. The combination of sparse composition and little or no manipulation of materials allows me a direct working style, which clearly announces the materials being used. Rhythm, repetition, scale and measurement as well as materials all become important in these simple forms. Details and arrangement of elements are also crucial. In my art I search for a "Universal" appeal, which sometimes has a blend of past and present. I feel craftsmanship and attention to construction of my work is essential. I work in an intuitive manner and each piece leads into the next therefore a relationship exists between most of my works. Many of my pieces show a dichotomy of materials such as: strength and fragility, or natural and man-made materials. The combination of opposing materials such as steel and glass, or wood and steel allow me a vocabulary of opposites that meld together in interesting combinations. I feel the mixing of materials allows the viewer to identify with the works, and have a closer relationship with the pieces. The viewer is important and is considered in the scale of my work, many of which are sized to the human body.

As an artist Gary has had the opportunity to work in many areas of sculpture from casting glass at The Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts Center both in Seattle to a summer spent at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Through the classes at Pilchuck Gary has learned from some of the best glass casters in the world, Bertil Vallien of Sweden and Gene Koss of New Orleans. Both of these masters have perfected their own specialty in casting, Vallien in sand casting and Koss in steel form casting. The summer spent in Maine allowed Gary to spend time with 65 other talented artists in a working environment with many famous guest artists such as Richard Long and Elisabeth Murry. Gary also has been an Artist in Residence at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle (1992), which allowed him to develop a series of cast glass pieces which he is still working on today. In 1998 Gary received a GAP grant from Artist Trust in Seattle, then started to work on a set of molds for glass casting which are still in progress. Gary was awarded a residency at the creative Glass Center of America in the summer of 2000.

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