For many years, Gary has been primarily known as a war artist. His artworks dealt with the horrors of conflict experienced by himself and others in the armed services. As an army veteran, Gary, who is originally from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has worked closely with several armed forces veterans' charities, helping to raise the profile and much-needed funds of many of these organisations and the people they help. In 2013, Gary opened his exhibition ‘Shadow of the Bomb’, after being named as the official war artist for the British Nuclear Test Veterans.
His paintings were exhibited in the Houses of Commons, amongst other locations.
More recently, Gary has felt the need to move away from this darker side of human experience and has used his painting practice to provide a way of re-connecting with a more peaceful way of life. A recent move to the countryside has re-awoken an appreciation of simple things, like the magic of a sunset or the mystical aura of a woodland. His process of painting has become a journey of discovery, exploring a sense of place and our connection to the natural and spiritual world.