Gary trained as a fine artist at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
The 1991 Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre pantomime, with Stanley Baxter, was the start of his career as a scenic artist. From here Gary moved to London where he worked at the National Theatre, in and around the West End and painted for Opera North and Glyndebourne Opera. During this period, he travelled to Dubai to paint a party for a Sheikh.
In 1993 he travelled back to Scotland to take up a full-time scenic artist post at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and additionally painted for the Traverse and Playhouse Theatres.
Gary travelled to Hong Kong in 1996 where he lived and worked for twelve years. Initially working freelance in Hong Kong and China before becoming the Scenic Artist/Lecturer in Applied Arts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He remained there for seven years before moving to Walt Disney Imagineering where he became a Field Art Director for the new Hong Kong Disneyland. Among the attractions he led the painting on were Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Jungle River Cruise.
He returned to Scotland in 2009 taking up a role as the Tutor, Scenic Art at the, then, RSAMD. In 2014, Gary was the head scenic artist for the props at the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.