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Gary Gowans 

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Born in New York, moved to Ft. Myers, Florida in 1954.
Educated at Florida State University, University of South Florida, and Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles.
Military service: Captain, Pilot, Fuel Officer 1969-1975
Employed at St. Petersburg Times as an Illustrator, Young and Rubican as an Art Director, Co-owner of Innovative Services, Creative Director, Charleston, SC
Freelance Illustrator: Sailing World Magazine, Cruising World Magazine, The Grand Hotel on Macaw Island, Logo for National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Publix, Olive Garden, etc.
Interests: Sailing ( 1st Moth Class National Championship, 2014,2015 ), Restoration of 505, Flying Dutchman and 31’ Prout Catamaran sailboats. Owned 36 different sailboats and having built over a dozen
Currently rebuilding a 1936 BMW Woodie Wagon
Traveled to 32 countries, including 1 month in New Zealand and rode an vintage BMW motorcycle through Europe

International Art Awards:
International Artist Magazine, 20012 2nd Place Landscape Division
International Artist Magazine, 2013 2nd Place Landscape Division
2012 International Maritime Art Exhibition, 1st Place, Yachting Award
2014 International Maritime Art Exhibition, 1st Place Yachting Award