Gary Whitley Illustration
As an artist I enjoy rendering nature, wildlife and historical subjects.
I mostly work in a watercolor “field notebook” style but also use oil paints, pastels, airbrush, scratchboard and digital on more detailed subjects. The subject matter often dictates the medium.
I also like to do humorous illustration. I have illustrated a children’s book and get a kick out of experimenting with styles and characters.
I think it’s a good counter balance that suits my personality and keeps me from getting bored, lazy or crazy.
Gary Whitley is an award winning illustrator, artist and designer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has artwork installed in exhibits at zoos, museums, aquariums, interpretive centers and historic sites across the USA. They include the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, the National Steinbeck Center, the Muhammad Ali Center, the U.S. Army Heritage Center, the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and more.
Whitley has worked on contract with government agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Mint. While with the Mint he worked on designs for 16 different coins and congressional gold medals. He had winning designs for the 2011 First Spouse 1/2 ounce gold coin and the 2012 America The Beautiful series quarter dollar.
He also enjoys doing conceptual illustration. After initially working in advertising and publishing he gravitated to editorial art for magazines and newspaper Op/Ed pages. His illustrations have also appeared in marketing campaigns, packaging and books.
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