Gary Byrd graduated from Oklahoma State University with bachelors degrees in Biological Science and Advertising and has been a professional artist since 1993. After a long and successful career in the Energy business, Gary and his wife made the decision to pursue his art on a full-time basis. They implemented a plan to accomplish that goal and in 2012, he began painting full time. They live in Sandia Park, New Mexico. Workshops include Greg Beecham, Dustin Van Wechel, Martin Grelle, Bruce Green, John Seerey-Lester and Jim Wilcox.