Gary graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Art Education. His focus at that time was fine art, specifically figure drawing. After college, Gary's interest in illustration resulted in years of work in children's readers and storybooks, magazine illustration, and textbooks. He continues his lifelong love of drawing anything and everything in his sketchbooks, as well as figure drawing. Gary teaches drawing, illustration, and computer graphics at local colleges.
Gary lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Diana. He is, by necessity, an accomplished carpenter and gardener. His wife loves him for that, and for his drawings of flowers.