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 even more abstractly, the problem of pain, suffering and alienation have consistently informed his work. Perhaps most significantly, Gary’s Christian faith has been, as he puts it, “a formative influence and formidable adversary in the spiritual inflection and tonality of my art.” Gary’s work has been shown in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Rochester and other cities in the Northeast. Gary is a past-president of the Buffalo Society of Artists (est. 1891) and he continues to live and work in Western New York.