Recently, one of Gary’s paintings was chosen by a design team to be prominently displayed in the new Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City. Gary also donated a large black and white abstract painting that is now displayed in the Camdenton City Hall.

Gary and Nancy St. Ivany make quite the team when it comes to Gary St. Ivany’s Fine Art: Gary paints and Nancy publicizes!

The two are constantly at work in their at-home studio creating new paintings to donate, to sell, and to decorate their home. Gary began his artistic career at a pivotal point in his life. As he neared retirement, he grew interested in Western art.

Though he had never explored much into the field of art, this interest in and collection of western art became his introduction. When he finally retired, he delved even more into art. About 10 years later, he traveled to the Kansas City Art Institute for a year to take classes and participate in art shows. After that, his art really took off, and he began painting and selling more and more.

In the early years of his career, Gary admits that he did not know much about the art scene, so he often traveled wherever he could both to showcase his art and to learn more about the craft. He has traveled to New Mexico (especially for his early western art), throughout Missouri and to several other surrounding states.

Now, though he travels less frequently, he still attends various art fairs and shows, including a local patriotic art show and the Porto Cima art show in the fall, and has many of his works displayed in area galleries and businesses.

Recently, one of Gary’s paintings was chosen by a design team to be prominently displayed in the new Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City. Gary also donated a large black and white abstract painting that is now displayed in the Camdenton City Hall.

It is always nice to see his art sold and displayed, and Gary says that he makes his art “for the pure pleasure, joy and beauty that art can bring. I want my paintings to evoke an emotion from the viewer.”

Like all artists, Gary has greatly developed his own style throughout his years of painting. At the start of his career, Gary drew heavily upon his interest in western art. Most of his beginning works were inspired by this culture and depicted western scenes. Gary’s most recent works are more contemporary, but he does not limit himself to one style.

“My style is flowing and varies from impressionistic to abstract, but always with a vibrant use of color and strong design,” says Gary. He often works in series, creating several pieces of a similar style before moving on to a new series with a new style.

These series include painting with scrapers (as depicted in “Eco-Friendly”), abstract paintings, and paintings of humans and stick figures (as depicted in “What Will the Future Bring?”). No matter the subject, Gary has fun experimenting with different mediums.

“My paintings are done primarily in oil and acrylic,” Gary says, “and I stretch my own canvases to fit the unique frames that I select for my paintings. Sometimes I add cardboard or even coffee grounds to add texture.”

Unique mediums like coffee grounds, cardboard, wax paper, and paintable caulk are part of what make Gary’s art so beautiful and memorable. “What Will the Future Bring?” employs cardboard as a medium.

For those who are just getting started in the field of art, Gary advises to start out small and start out practical.

“Take a couple of art classes and just have fun with it! You can’t expect to create a Picasso right away – it takes time, experience, and experimentation with different mediums.”

Gary advises everyone wanting to learn a new skill or perfect one they’ve already tried to go to YouTube – it has videos on virtually anything you would want to learn! When it comes to selling your art, practicality is key.

Though it may be tough, Gary says at first you might be giving them away – to family, as donations – to get exposure, then go from there. It’ll be hard and take time to get into galleries, but being patient and practical with your sales will get you there.

To learn more about Gary St. Ivany and to view his portfolio, visit his Facebook page Gary St. Ivany Fine Art.