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Signature Circle Gallery

PSNH SCM: Gary Ozias, PSA

Artist Statement:

I enjoy painting the natural world whether the subjects are landscapes, seascapes, cloudscapes, or wildlife. I strive to catch the real essence of a scene, but my style sometimes borders on impressionism. I really love the process of seeing a painting come together from the first, rough sketch marks to the finished piece. I like the outdoors and spend time observing its moods. There is nothing better than to be out painting on fresh, breezy days, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something that I enjoy so much. If I can capture the mystery of foggy mornings, the essence of hot, summer evenings, or the sunrise on new snow, I consider it a success. Every painting is a new challenge and tends to keep one humble. My goal is simply to be absolutely the best painter I can possibly be and let my work speak for itself. I hope others enjoy the results as much as I do the process.


Gary was born in Kansas City in 1947, but he spent most of his early years in Massachusetts. He has been interested in painting and art since he was a boy. He has also lived in Colorado, Missouri, and Kansas. He and his wife Lee now reside in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They have two daughters, Moira and Megan, and two sons, Michael and Edmund.

His father Stanley was a master engraver and gave Gary his early encouragement and training. He put his art aside for a number of years, but picked it up again in the late 1970’s, and has been drawing and painting ever since. He opened a Kansas gallery and studio in 1983, but he taught high school classes until his retirement in 2001. Since then, he has painted full time, both outdoors and in the studio.


He has won numerous awards and recognitions for his painting. His work hangs in public and private collections from coast to coast in the United States and in other countries. He has worked in a variety of media, including pastels, oil, watercolor, and pencil, as well as pen and ink. His work is representational but also has a painterly touch to it. He loves to capture the feel of the weather conditions which envelop a landscape. His subjects range from landscapes to cloudscapes and water scenes drawn from whatever locale he happens to be in. His paintings find favor with jurors and purchasers alike. He considers himself fortunate to be able to paint full time now and loves it. He hopes that others may find the same enjoyment from viewing his work as he does in painting it.

Gary is a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, Pastel Society of Colorado, Connecticut Pastel Society, PaintAmerica Association and a Master Signature Pastelist of the MidAmerica Pastel Society. He is a juried Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, MA

DESERT WIND ART – 1920 Sonoma Ranch Blvd – Las Cruces, NM 88011


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