Drawing has been a passion for Gary Bertram since early childhood. Gary served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War Era, and then completed his Bachelor’s degree at University of Kentucky. While in college, Gary “fell in love with drawing portraits.” He had the privilege of studying with Jim Smith, a Kentucky artist who was known for his watercolor and oil paintings.
In 2001, Gary began branching out into wildlife art, which gave birth to his professional career. He is a nature lover whose mission is to capture the detail and personality of each animal he paints. For Gary, it’s all about connecting with his subjects in order to paint them realistically. He has traveled to Central America, Africa, and throughout the U.S. in pursuit of his subjects in their natural habitat. Gary says “getting up close and personal is the difference between knowing your subjects – or just knowing about them.”
Gary’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Gary’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; and also at the Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park; and the Paul Sawyier Gallery in Frankfort, KY .