The Adirondack mountains near his boy-hood home were inspiration to Gary Burke's early artistic endeavors. Sculpting with clay derived from a nearby swamp or wood cut from the family farm woodland, he created his first subjects of the native frogs, pheasants and bears.
At Pratt Institute he studied sculpture under the guidance of William Fogler and Roweena Kostello.
Opening Burke Studio in 1985 , he conceived the first of his current series of light weight stone art panels. His art is featured at various resort hotels including the Luxor, Caesar's Palace and the Tajmahal. A recent commission for the Hale Koa Hotel, Honolulu, depicts native flora and fauna of the hawaian islands.
From his studio at Black Canyon City, Arizona, he creates art panels for private homes in the Scottsdale area.
Artist"s quote: "Creating these stone art
panels involve my favorite interests :
sculpture, geology and back-country hiking.
I feel fortunate!