Gary currently resides in Pleasant Hill, California, just outside San Francisco. Gary began taking pictures while attending Humboldt State University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Social and Adolescent Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Directing, Acting, Writing, and Production for the Theater. His interest in photography began to grow after taking an elective class in Black & White, but he soon found his passion was the pursuit of color and form in nature.
After graduation, a twist of fate led Gary to the studio of World-Famous photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography for nine years. Known for his industry expertise and unwavering professionalism, Gary has worked with many of the world’s best-known advertising agencies, magazines, and publishers. He has been happy to offer his knowledge and opinions consulting with other photographers, and has been quoted several times in Photo District News, Wired Magazine, Mother Jones, and numerous other trade publications.
He currently has seven published books to his credit, including:The California Coast (2001) which won “Book-of-the-Year 2002” by the California Outdoor Travel Writers Association, Our San Francisco, Yosemite & The Eastern Sierra, Backroads of the California Wine Country, Backroads of the California Coast, Greetings from California; Legends, Landmarks & Lore of the Golden State,and Photographing California; Volume 1 – North.