Gary was born and raised in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. From his earliest memories, the natural beauty of the Northwest landscapes captured his heart on every family outing.
Following 25 years as an award winning graphic designer, including an internationally acclaimed self-published nature storybook, "FIRE MOUNTAIN: The Eruptions of Mount Saint Helens," Gary retired from corporate communications. He traveled extensively to Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Caribbean, and the South Seas. It was on these journeys that he honed his photographic skills.
In 1995, while traveling in Rarotonga, his kidneys failed. Back in Portland, a willing sister was the perfect organ donor. Grateful for life, he became more determined to perfecting his gift for fine art landscape photography.
Following his recovery, he moved to Camp Sherman on the banks of the Metolius River. Here he would focus on capturing the rare beauty of this valley and share it with the world.
In 2010, Gary lost most of his eyesight as a result of pigment dispersion glaucoma. Yet he masterfully continues to capture the raw beauty of Northwest landscapes, but his first true love is the Metolius Valley. He has earned a reputation as the "Ansel Adams of the Metolius." You can see more of Gary's work at his website. GARYALBERTSON.COM.