Gary Buhler, born December 17, 1955, attended Judson Babtist College, Portland, Oregon where he obtained a degree in art and returned there to teach for four years after obtaining a BS Degree in Art Education from Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon in 1978. From 1985 to 1987, Gary attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona acquiring a MFA Degree in painting. During the next few years, he taught drawing, watercolor, basic design, and sculpture at the University of Arizona; the University of Oregon, Eugene,Oregon; Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon and today since 1996 Gary teaches painting, beginning drawing and figure drawing at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon.
Since 1988, Gary has had many solo and two person exhibitions of his work at galleries including Art West Gallery, Jackson Wyoming; Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon; Ross Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon; American Art Company Gallery, Tacoma, WA; Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon; Gango Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Mocking Bird Gallery, Bend, Oregon; Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend, WA; Rock Creek Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon; Attic Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.
Some of the awards and honors bestowed on Gary Buhler include 1996 Merit Award: Arizona Aqueous National Juried Exhibit, Tubad, AZ; 1991 Oregon Arts Commission Selection and Louisiana Watercolor Society Signature Membership; 1990 Arjomani/Arches/Rives Paper Award: Louisiana Watercolor Society 20th. International Exhibit; Merchandise Award, Eastern Washington Watercolor Society Juried Competition 1990; 1988 Best pf Show: Artwest Open, Artwest Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming; Purchase Award, River Oaks Spring Competition, Alexandria, Louisiana; and 1997 Best of Show, Dallas/Fort Worth Slide Registry Annual, Texas.
Gary's watercolors portray Northwest scenes of rivers, riverbanks, waterfalls and surrounding landscapes painted in rich blues, greens, and golds with bright white representing the rippling and splashing water. His unique paintings reveal hidden salmon and trout darting in and out of the water scenes.