Gary’s method of creating is ‘stippling’ which traces its roots back to 16C. Stippling is creating an image by using small dots, the denser the build of dots the darker the shade. Gary enjoys trying to make the picture look as if it’s not made up of dots, like you see in a photo on a printed page. The process of stippling is long and arduous and requires an awful lot of patience and concentration. Inspiration for his stippling or dot work came from learning about printing techniques whilst studying Graphic Design at Plymouth Art College, and Falmouth College of Arts. Gary studies the birds in person, considering their textures and feather patterns in detail. Meeting them helps him to portray a sense of their individual personalities. Gary has worked in the design and print industry and for many years as an artist painting backdrops for stage and theatre.