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Artist Gary Ozias


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Biography


Although born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1947, Gary Ozias spent most of his early years in rural Massachusetts.  He is a retired language arts teacher who has always been interested in painting and other visual arts since he was a young boy.  He graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts in 1969, taught for a brief period on the East Coast and then moved to Downs, Kansas. He, eventually, moved back to Massachusetts for a few years. He and his wife Lee recently relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico. They have two adult daughters, Moira and Megan and two adult sons, Michael and Ed. 
 
His father Stanley was a master engraver and gave Gary much of his early encouragement and training.  After putting his art aside for a number of years, he picked it up again in the early 1970’s, and has been drawing and painting ever since.  He began his professional art career in Kansas by opening the Prairie Wind Art Gallery and Studio in 1983, but he continued to devote most of his energies to his teaching 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 also 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 essence and feel of the weather conditions which envelop a landscape.  His subjects range from landscapes to wildlife drawn from whatever locale he happens to be in.  He sometimes does commission work when called upon, [...]

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