The 2016 OK Mozart Festival Artist: Gary Gibson

garygibsonselfportraitOK Mozart 2016 Festival Artist:  Gary Gibson

It’s difficult to capture who Gary Gibson is as an artist with mere words on paper — his creative body of work is at the forefront of technology and isn’t bound by traditional definitions of art. Combining photography skills with computer graphics, Gibson creates one-of-a-kind images that become finished pieces of digital and printed art that have been celebrated and shared around the globe!

Last year, Gary Gibson was featured in the Lyon Gallery during the 2015 OK Mozart (OKM) festival. His work was so well-received that the OKM staff decided they wanted to continue working with the talented artist and requested to use his violin and sheet music image as the official commemorative poster artwork for the 2016 festival.  Gibson generously agreed and has been a huge support to the festival all year long, providing his artwork for use on note cards, invitations, t-shirts, billboards and more.

Although well-known in the Bartlesville community, Gibson recently answered some questions that might provide additional insight to his artful character.

Q:  How did you get started in graphic design?

A:  Somewhere in the mid 70s, I began to learn about computer graphics.  I took an Autocad class at Tri County Tech.  I was able to marry the photography with the graphics and over the years it just evolved.  I’ve never really had any formal training in any of this.  I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants from the very beginning.

Q:  What was  your very first piece of “art” that you remember?

A:  This is a tough one.  That’s like asking “when was your first breath that you remember?”  I took an art class in mid high.  At that time, I had  a driving creative energy inside of me but was never able to make it come out in a way that didn’t embarrass me.  For some reason, the traditional tools of art (brush, pen, pencil…) were never under my control.  I just couldn’t make them work.  It’s tough to see what you want to create and not have a way to do it.  However, in 1970, I picked up my first real camera and fell in love with it.  From that point on, it was all art to me.  My camera became my brush and the film my canvas.

Q:  What element of your business do you enjoy the most?

A:  This is an easy answer — it’s the people. I’m a people person and this vocation gives me opportunities to develop relationships.  I really have two things I enjoy the most — the second is seeing the finished product and knowing it will accomplish the task for which it was created.

Q:  How has your art influenced the quality of your life?

A:  I could write volumes on this answer!  I love people and my camera (my brush) has literally given me the world.  I’ve had countless opportunities to travel and work with people in several countries.  I’ve been on the receiving end of blessings all my life and I’m a big believer in the “pay it forward” way of living.  I’m a story teller and my art and photography have given me voice.  Everything I do has its own unique story and sharing that story with those interested enough to listen is the fuel that keeps me going.

Visit here to view more of Gary Gibson’s art.