Gary Van Haas was born in Los Angeles and has always been an artist since he was in his early years where he won awards for best paintings in schools and college competitions. From Los Angeles he moved to San Francisco where he had several acclaimed shows and exhibitions in galleries and eventually landed himself the coveted spot of 'Featured Artist' in Sausalito at the Hale/VanHaas Gallery, which catapulted him toward many other shows in Europe and Asia.