A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, currently elected 1st vice-president of the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour), and holding Signature Status with The North East Watercolor Society (USA), and the Louisiana Watercolor Society (USA), Garry has been juried into many international competitions including the IWS 2016 (International Watercolor Society 2016 ) and has won many awards including:
* 1st Prize, Societe Canadienne de lâ€™Aquarelle, International Salon 2013 Xylem Award
* NorthEast Watercolor Society International Watercolor Competition 2007 Golden Colors Award
* NorthWest Watercolor Society International Watercolor Competition 2006 Woolfits Award
* Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Open Water International Exhibit 2005 La Prix dâ€™Excellence la Douceur (top money award)
* Societe Canadienne de lâ€™Aquarelle International Salon 2003
His background includes:
* full time instructor at Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
* full time instructor at Dawson College, Montreal, QC
* full time political cartoonist for the Montreal Star
* columnist/illustrator for the Cape Breton Post
In 2006 â€śTrippinâ€™ with Garryâ€ť, a book of his column at the Cape Breton Post was published.
In 2000 he retired from teaching to paint full time. He paints in watercolour and acrylics in studio and en plein air across Canada in summers, and in the Dominican Republic in winters.
He lives in Knowlton, QC with his partner Jo-Ann.