Gary Jenkins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937. He graduated from the renowned Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Upon graduation he immediately moved to So. California to start his life as a full time artist. First working as a key line artist for a large greeting card company, then working for 15 years for the national art store chain, Aaron Bros. During this time he began working on his signature style of Floral painting. Over 60 of his paintings were produced into print and sold to art galleries across the nation. While working for Aaron Bros., Gary began teaching art classes up and down the West coast of the U.S. In 1983 the opportunity came for Gary to host his weekly, National P.B.S. Television Art show Series. He was the second artist to ever have his own TV art show. In the last 30 plus years he has produced over 450 -1/2 hour TV shows. The last 10 years, his TV shows have also been aired in 9 European countries. Gary, along with artists wife Kathwren, also designed many of his own signature paint products for a large paint manufacturer, and produced several non- broadcast art instruction DVDs. Gary and Kathwren also team taught week long seminars in over 30 U.S. states a year for over 15 years and for the last 9 years Gary has taught seminars in Germany. He has owned his own art Gallery and painted for fine art Galleries in Carmel, Laguna Beach and La Jolla, California.
In the mid 1990s Gary entered a contest along with 2,000 other full time professional artists. He was voted “One of the Best 100 Floral Artists in Amerca” by North Light Books. He has been published in North Light Books, American Artist and Art Digest. His work has been sold to collectors all over the world. Gary is currently a regular Artist at the Sedona Arts Center.
Currently this husband and wife team are planning their first intensive online art teaching course ”Paint with Passion” which they expect to launch in 2017. With over 50 years painting experience, Gary has no plans to slow down. He says, “oil painting and sharing my passion for art with everyone around the world is a dream come true”.