Through his award winning art, Gary Spetz attempts to enhance the viewer's appreciation of the colors, shapes and designs that surround us.  Gary travels extensively in his quest to both collect painting materials and find new paths to explore.  In truth, he enjoys the "going to" as much as the painting process itself.  As an avid outdoors enthusiast, he hikes, skis, sails, and kayaks through the landscapes that he paints.

Gary is a "Signature Member" of the National Watercolor Society and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. As a frequent painter of National Park subjects, his work has been included numerous times in the National Park Academy of the Arts painting collections. Articles of his artwork have appeared in Watercolor, Artists, and Watercolor Magic magazines.  And his work has been published in the books, Searching For The Artist Within and Art From The Parks. 

He has published two of his own instructional watercolor painting books and has been the host and co-producer of 111 national PBS television episodes (American Public Television) pertaining to learning watercolor painting and art travel:

Gary Spetz's Painting Wild Places (72 "paint" episodes)
Gary Spetz's Watercolor Quest (13 HD "travel" episodes)
Color World with Gary Spetz (13 HD "travel" episodes)
Best of Painting Wild Places (13 HD "paint" episodes)

Gary and his wife, Marlene, reside in Northwest Montana.

"Gary, you have the ability to share how you paint
in such a clear and concise way that everyone
regardless of their skill
can pick up techniques and instruction
that will make them a better artist ... "

Courtney from Alabama


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A hodgepodge Blog of Gary's photos/videos and sometimes profound (but usually inane)
thoughts on sunrises, Montana life, Florida beaches, hiking, sailing, kayaking, "anchoring out,"
fishing, campfires, family, watercolor painting, and favorite movie/TV clips.