Gary likes to think of his art as one continuing mural depicting a never ending story of wildlife scenarios. “I feel more connected to my paintings when I am actually portraying a wild habitat surrounding my chosen subject matter. I get a lot of inspiration from my local rugged wilderness, which for me is very fortunate for my research into various forms of wildlife.”
Using an earthly colour pallet allows him to visualize a unique perspective similar to that of animals which see colour in restricted vision. It is this methodology which draws an audience into the depth of his work creating 'eye contact'.
“I like painting wildlife simply because it is challenging, and requires a personal discipline. The pungent smells of trees and ground are my sentinels which trigger my artistic senses, an idea comes to mind just by being near something wild and natural. It is this feeling that drives my inspiration creating an image in my mind before pencil and brush touchesa blank canvas.”
Travel is another important component of his inspiration, going places and seeing and smelling the natural contours of landscapes inspires abundant ideas. A cache of references stored in memories and on film which can be dwelled upon as the need arises. Observing wildlife and fauna in their natural habitat is vital evidence for his compositions allowing realism to flourish.