This is me at the Studio Art School in McHenry. Here I'm working on "The Panhandler".

Like I told Dave..."No more plaid shirts!".

A Dave Becker demonstration at the Studio. Not only a lesson in watercolor, a lesson in highly technical "Beckerisms".   

About Gary Wigman

            Born and raised  in Chicago I graduated from  Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. At the Academy I was fortunate for two years to study under the late Irving Shaperio AWS. His direction, patience and guidance instilled a love for the water media. Leaving the Academy in the late 60's I was hired as an Art Apprentice at a downtown Chicago studio. There I began to study technical illustration. Unfortunately after a year and a half the studio, as did many, fell on hard times during a short term recession which cost many artists their positions, including me.


        During the next few decades, however, a slight career change resulted in a 45 year career in law enforcement. I discovered shortly that a career in law enforcement was infectious. I was married and moved to McHenry, IL. As residency became an issue in Chicago I applied and tested for suburban law enforcement. I took the oath for the City of McHenry and after 32 years retired as Deputy Chief in 2006. Since that time I continued as a in Law Enforcement Consultant until 2018.


            Looking for that next career I was fortunate again to meet David R. Becker at the Studio Art School in McHenry. Observing his technique it had a remarkable resemblance to that of Irving Shapiro. I discovered my suspicions were correct. He had graduated from the "Academy" as well and studied under Shapiro. As an instructor at the Studio in McHenry Dave challenged me to return to watercolor and the rest is history. I continue to study under David R. Becker and Thomas Trausch of Woodstock, Il.


            I am pleased if you can find any enjoyment in my work.