Gary Symington

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Painting, Other
Casein on paper and panels
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Gary Symington was raised in New Hampshire and took his first painting lesson from a local well-known art teacher at age twelve. When he was thirteen he sold a painting to Academy Award winning actress Myrna Loy, who was in the area performing summer theater.
Gary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Syracuse University, and studied overseas at Sir John Cass School of Art in London, England.
Gary was a full-time illustrator and graphic designer for over 40 years, with clients such as L.L. Bean, Windows magazine, McGraw-Hill Publishing and McDonalds. His illustration work has been shown with the Society of Illustrators and in the Strathmore Paper Graphics Gallery.
After completing his “real” job in 2017, Gary began concentrating on fine art. Painting has always been an important avocation for him, but now, as a full-time artist, he finds he has the time to explore new mediums, styles and ideas like never before.
Gary primarily paints landscapes and seascapes, but he also create portraits, florals and “human interest” works. His art has been influenced over the years by Impressionists like Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Arthur Streeton, Childe Hassam, and CA Impressionists Frank Benson and Guy Rose.
His latest work reflects an interest in the vistas, flora and fauna of California–particularly the coast and the deep forests, with emphasis on color, atmosphere, texture/detail, light and shadow. After painting in oils for many years, Gary began a period of experimentation with mixed media (watercolor with pen & ink), but his most recent work has been created with the lesser-known but very versatile medium casein.
Gary recently completed a full month as an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA.
Mediums: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Casein on paper and panels