Gary Milek was drawn to nature and to the fine arts at an early age and has devoted his career to combining these passions, finding inspiration for his enchanting paintings among the hills and fields of Windsor County, Vermont, and within the orchards and gardens just outside his door at the Mileks’ Cider Hill Gardens. Born to a farming family in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Milek began his art education as a youth at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford and was awarded a scholarship to Syracuse University. He also attended Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where he earned a grant to further his studies abroad at the Rijks Academy, the school of the famed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Here Milek acquainted himself with the 15th century practice of preparing gesso panels, using egg tempera as a medium, and gilding with gold leaf, techniques he eventually implemented into his landscapes and botanical compositions.
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Collection of the artist, Vermont