Painter Gary Mellenbruch
Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch’s watercolor and designers’ gouache paintings depict scenes that many local residents will find familiar.
Iconic and colorful attractions such as the Don CeSar resort, Merry Pier and the Wharf restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, as well as Gulfport’s own Williams Pier, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill, and Pia’s Trattoria are among the images that draw on talents Gary has honed in a long career as an architectural illustrator.
Originally from Kansas City, he studied industrial design and after becoming an apprentice illustrator, formed his own “Mellenbruch Studios” in 1969, creating architectural illustrations for clients from around the world. Accompanied by his sailboat, he moved to Tierra Verde in 1998, continuing illustration work, but concentrating on fine arts. He also operates his own art framing business.
Attention to details and an emphasis on scale and perspective stem from his years in architectural illustration. The Florida environment also inspires his many depictions of natural maritime scenes, including vivid portrayals of sea birds and their habitat.
He is also fond of mermaids and has devoted some of his paintings to those creatures of maritime lore.
Gary has shown work at “& Gallery” since its inception, and has since become an all-time favorite of customers. We offer both original paintings and more affordably-priced signed prints by Gary.