i am 61 years old and from tuscola michigan. married to Julie Ann Gavit ,with 2 stepdaughters Brooke and Elizabeth. i delivered mail in frankenmuth for 38 year and retired in 2015. The presidents where painted while visiting my mother in the Frankenmuth Luthern home. Originally painted in black and white and recently repainted in color. I have entered numerous sand and snow carving events . i designed and built our house and all the furniture and lanscaping as well. Our house has been on the frankemuth garden walk and holiday home tour. Aside from portrait painting I have built many custom kitchens for friends, as well as concrete countertops. We have a home pottery studio also, where i mostly make large coil vases. i rebuild and customize old vw busses and work on them daily. We also have a local group who does cast iron sculpture. I built the iron furnace for them, It melts 1000 lbs of iron in an hour and we make art with it. So at this point in my life i spend all day every day doing art. i have always wanted to enter the Artprize and figured my presidential portraits would be perfect since president Ford is from Grand Rapids, sadly the museum is only accepting outdoor art due to covid this year. I am the only artist to have ever paint a full set of presidents as far as i can tell. I also built the entire display recently for the presidents with cherry wood and mahogany
Gary's ArtPrize Entries
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Gary's Past Work
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