Gary Symington

Born Springfield, MA

Lives & works in Meadow Vista, CA


Gary was a full-time illustrator, graphic designer and art director for over 40 years, but his real passion was always landscape painting and drawing. His illustration clients have included L.L. Bean, Windows magazine and McDonalds, and he has shown with the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. Gary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Syracuse University, and studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London, England.


A dedicated full-time fine artist since 2017, much of Gary's work has been in watercolor/pen & ink, and more recently in casein, a milk protein water-soluble medium. This new work reflects his love of the flora and fauna of California–particularly the coast and forests, with attention to color, atmosphere and detail. 

Gary was raised in New Hampshire and took his first painting lesson from a local well-known art teacher at age twelve. When he was thirteen he sold a painting to Academy Award winning actress Myrna Loy, who was in the area performing summer theater. When not creating artwork, he enjoys his friends and family, playing drums and training in Tae Kwon Do. He is married and has two children.