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Gary Jenkins was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in St. Petersburg ,Florida.
n 1962 he
graduated from the well known four year Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida.
moved to So.
ary started his full time art career working as a key line artist for a large greeting card company.
A little later on,he started working for the large national art store chain,Aaron Bros. During the early 1970s while working at that store, Gary painted in his spare time and began to develope his style of oil painting, focusing primarily on Landscapes and Floral painting.
The 1970s is when he
well known trademark style of painting Roses and Poppies.
He worked for the art store chain for 15 years and eventually became a teacher at the store.
As far as he knows ,he was the first artist to teach the one -day workshop concept.
Soon after he
began to teach,the art store produced about 60 of his
original paintings into print and begun to market them to art stores and galleries through out the United States.
With this name recognition, this led to request from art shops for Gary
to teach 5-day seminars..
During the late part of 1970 he
traveled to several cities up and down the West coast to teach at many locations, annually.
purchased a video camera and started to produce his
own how-to art instruction videos.
This was the year he
also met Kathwren while he
was teaching in Nevada.
ogether with his
future wife, they would travel to teach seminars ,by that time, teaching across the U.S,and sell their videos to their students.
They were the first art teachers to do this.
In 1982 Gary had the opportunity to meet with the station manager of KOCE, the PBS television station in Huntington Beach Ca.
and Kathwren took the demo tapes to the station that they had made themselves to show manager.
liked the demos and a deal was made and that was the start of Gary's very long TV art career.
was the 2nd. artist to go on national PBS TV,after Bill Alexander, who was also taping at the same station.
and Kathwren worked for the same paint manufacturer for 16 years.
They were the sponsors of the TV series,Jenkins signiture products and books.
All during the 1980s and 1990s while producing the TV series, books and also videos for thier own video company, Gary
and Kathwren continued to travel extensivly (about 30 states a year) across the US. to teach their seminars and promote the Television series.
and Kathwren also married in 1984.
ary hosted 21 TV series for PBS from 1983 untill 1999.
Kathwren was the guest host on many of the series.
In 1999 Gary
entered a national flower painting competition sponsored by North Light books.
Out of 3,000 entries, Gary was chosen as one of 150 artist as ''THE BEST FLORAL PAINTERS IN AMERICA.''His 2 winning paintings were published in the book of the same name.
In 1999 ,Gary resigned from the large paint manufacturer that he had worked for and decided to take a break from television after 16 years.
e continued to teach nationally and in his
own studio with Kathwren.
hey also ran their mail order bussiness , which they started in the mid.
1980s, and once again tried to find time to do some gallery painting, which he
had done many years earlier.
Then in 2006 ,two entrepeneur producers from Germany ,who had heard about Gary years earlier, contacted him and asked if he
would be interested in resuming his
These two gentlemen soon flew to the U.S to meet with Gary
and Kathwren for several days.
In 2007 new shows were produced and a book was written .
hat was the start of ''THE BEAUTY OF OIL PAINTING''This new company that was started in Berlin,Germany is FARBI FLORA
This time,Kathwren and Gary
would not only be aired in the U.S but on national Dutch Television.
Since 2011 their shows have also been airing on National German TV.
Since 2007, 5 new TV series have been produced., along with 5 new books and 2 Technique DVDS.
o date, Gary
has hosted over 360 half hour Television shows.
Gary has been painting for over 50 years and been a full time professional artist/teacher for over 40 years.
e is well known as a floral artist,but he
also enjoys painting Exotic Birds and Fish ,and he
also teaches a few landscapes.
still travels to several U.S.locations a year to teach seminars, runs his
mail order bussiness and produces new TV series each year.
also travels for 2 weeks a year to teach the Jenkins Certification course (J-CAT) in Berlin Germany.
n between his
and Kathwren also teach an ongoing -once a week class at their home/studio.
In the past Gary has owned his
own art galleries in Laguna Beach and Del Mar, Ca.
currently has paintings in the Simic Fine Art Gallery
in Carmel,Ca. and in his
daughters gallery in Del Mar,Ca.
also has several of his
paintings in Giclee print.
is paintings and prints are in private collections through out the U.S.,Canada, Central Europe and Australia.
urrently Gary lives with his
wife in Carson City Nevada,but they have just purchased a home in Sedona ,Arizona, where they hope to move pemanently with- in the next couple of years.
Gary has 3 children,one of which is an artist/gallery owner,Heather Roddy, also Amber ,a make up artist/hair dresser and Tim,an artist.
has 5 grand children and 1 great grand child.
In 1990 Kathwren became a co-host along with her
, of the very popular national P.B.S. television series ''Jenkins Art Studio''
This continued untill 1999 Currently Kathwrens original paintings are shown in fine art galleries in Carmel, California.
also has several of her
paintings in Giclee prints.
Through out the years, Kathwren has continued to teach, and more recently became a co-host once again with her
, on their international art show series ''The Beauty of Oil Painting'' Kathwren will write all the books that go along with the television series and is also co-director of the shows.
Kathwren will continue to produce more how - to art DVD'S Painting florals and exotic birds is her
Kathwrens hope for the future is to continue her long art career with her partner and husband Gary.Kathwren has 1 daughter,a Doctor of Veternarian Medicine and 1 grand daughter.