Pastel Society of New Hampshire
Welcome - to our Featured Artists page. Each month we feature one of our members to give you a better insight into their artistry. Enjoy !!!
July 2012 - Artist of the month is Gary Ozias
Born in Kansas, Missouri in 1947, Gary Ozias spent most of his earl years in rural Massachusetts. A retired language arts teacher, Gary's interest has always been in painting and other visual arts. He graduated from Worcester State College in 1969, taught for a brief period on the East Coast before moving to Downs, Kansas where he lived and taught until he retired.
Gary's father Stanley, one of the foremost engravers in the United States, gave Gary much of his early encouragement and training. After a period of several years, Gary resumed his art in the late 1970's and has never stopped drawing and painting. He began his professional art career by opening the Wind Prairie Art Gallery and Studio in 1983. When Gary retired from teaching in 2001, he remodelan art gallery in Downs where he continued painting for many years often taking Plein Air trips throughout the States from the New England Coast to the deserts and mountains of the West and Southwest. Residing now in Massachusetts, Gary continues to paint in studio and Plein Air.
He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. His paintings hang in public and private collections throughout the States as well as in other countries. Gary works in a variety of media but most recently focuses on oil and pastel. His work is representational with a painterly touch. He loves capturing the essence and feel of weather conditions which envelop a landscape. His subjects range from wildlife to still life to country landscapes inspired by the outdoor wilderness he loves. When asked, Gary accept commission work. His paintings find favor with jurors and purchasers. Gary considers himself fortunate to be able to paint full time and hopes that others will find the as much enjoyment from viewing his work as he does creating it.
Gary has two adult daughters, Moira and Meghan.
"I enjoy painting the natural world. My work is representational with a painterly style that borders on Impressionism. I love the outdoors and spend much time observing its many moods. There is nothing better than painting on a fresh breezy day. I am thankful for the opportunity to do something that brings me so much joy. If I can capture the mystery of a foggy morning, the essence of hot summer evenings or a sunrise on a snow coated landscape, I consider this a success. Every painting is a new challenge and keeps me humble. My goal is to be the best painter I can possibly be and let my work speak for itself. I hope others enjoy the results as much as I benefit from the process"
Cresting Surf at Nauset Beach Waiting for Spring Winter Fields Lifting Fog
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