About Gary Bertram
Drawing has been one of Gary’s passions since he was a child, but he didn’t become a professional artist until later in life. Developing his skills through work-shops, teaching dvd's, and mentors like the late Jim Smith, Gary began his career by drawing children's portraits from life. In 2001, Gary became interested in wildlife portraiture, and in short order began exhibiting in some of the most elite wildlife art shows in the country, including the Safari Club International and the Southern Wildlife Festival, where in 2006 he won the coveted "People’s Choice Award." Gary has won numerous first place awards, including "Best of Show" and "Best of Professional" in many of the regional art shows. In 2010, he won top honors at the Kentucky National Wildife Art Exhibit. His works have been exhibited at the J.J. Audubon Museum, as well as the Carnegie Museum in Covington, KY.
As an Equine Artists, Gary was selected to be one of the featured demonstrators at the 2010 World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park. In 2010, the Kentucky Arts Council nominated Gary to the Southern Artistry Organization. These artists are nominated based on the quality of their work by their state arts agencies, and is designed to spotlight the talent of the South's most acclaimed artists. Gary is an adjudicated member of the "Kentucky Crafted, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, Oil Painters of America, Association of Miniature Artists, and the Southern Artistry Federation."