Gary Gandy was born in Edgerton, WI and grew up in Milton, Wisconsin. He attended Milton area schools, the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, UW - Milwaukee and is a graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Gary holds a BFA in Environmental Design from MIAD and a BA in Art History from UW - Milwaukee. He graduated at the top of his class among many now notable artists and designers. Gary also earned many awards and scholarships while he attended MIAD.
Gary’s career began in 1974 in Milwaukee as a production artist with International Display Corp. In 1975, he became the chief illustrator and design consultant with Pace Promotions, a downtown Chicago advertising and display firm.
After a few years, he returned home to Southern Wisconsin as head designer for Vivid Outdoor Advertising. When the owner of Vivid purchased Wisconsin’s largest tourist attraction - The House on the Rock - Gary assumed Design Director duties completely re-working all merchandise and graphic art designs for the venue.
Through all of Gary's work exploits, he was drawn more and more towards his love of nature and man’s place in it. Gary painted full-time for the next 20 years, raising a family, buying a house, traveling and looking deeply at all possible subject matters. His early career culminated with the creation of the white buffalo painting. The event of the white calf’s birth in Janesville, WI was recorded by Gary’s portrait of the calf and its mother. The painting traveled the United States courtesy of the Department of Interior and hung at the Hoover Dam Visitor Center for 2 years. In 2001, Gary’s artwork led to the concept and development of Peace Park in Rock County. Eight unique images of his work hang in the tower of the center structure of the park’s large play area. He began to paint woodland, lake and prairie scenes, and the natural and man-made habitats of his youth, always figuratively including his fondness for animals. Gary’s work has had wide public acceptance that includes many celebrity collectors.
After a 10 year break, Gary has returned to his art, painting with more love and greater understanding of his subjects.