Gary Welton was raised in a creative family environment of visual artists, singers and dancers. He received a BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota under the study of the New York School artist Peter Busa, Herman Somberg and Malcom Meyers. Welton has had major national and international exhibitions of his paintings; featuring dance and movement in commercial and university galleries and museums including the Judith Ewing Morlan Contemporary Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, the Minneapolis Woman’s Club, the Key West Gallery in Key West, Griffin Gallery in Minneapolis, Rajputana Palace in India, the MC Gallery in Minneapolis, Luther College in Decorah, University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and the Beverly Art Center and Museum in Chicago, among many others. Mr. Welton’s work has been featured in numerous group shows including the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City, the Mendocino Art Center Gallery in California, the Art Resource Gallery in St. Paul, Signature Gallery in Las Vegas, Old Town Gallery in Park City, Utah, the Ylvisaker Fine Art Center in Mankato Minnesota, Sargent’s Fine Art in Maui, the New Gallery in South Dakota, Editions Galleries in Canada, and the Now Gallery in New York City. In addition, his work is in many international private and corporate collections. His work has been featured all around the world in galleries of Princess Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Mr. Welton is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and his work has been selected for inclusion in the “Art in Embassies Program” in Reykjavik, Iceland. His work and process - focusing on painting directly from life, using dancers in motion as his primary subjects - has been featured in numerous articles, television and video productions.