I apprenticed to a Belgian portrait sculptress in Atlanta, after school during my junior and senior years of high school (1970-1972)(she is 94, in a nursing home in Belgium, and apparently doesn't like the nudity in my work, so I'm excluding her name). The summer of 1972, as high school wrapped up, I began an apprenticeship to goldsmith/avant garde artist, Peggy Ackerly (in Atlanta)(Peggy was a protege of Sam Kramer, Greenwich Village, NY, NY, who she worked under from 1943 - 1964, until his death). I apprenticed to Peggy for a year, and opened a studio in an old duplex she bought on 9th Street (in Atlanta). I moved to Coconut Grove in August of 1973, and enrolled in the school of architecture at the University of Miami. At the University of Miami I studied architecture under Andres Duany, who is the father of the New Urbanism Movement in architecture, and Philadelphia architect, Philip Steel. In Coconut Grove, and later back in Atlanta, I continued to make jewelry throughout my college years. The financial crisis in the 1970's crushed my family, so I did not complete my studies in architecture, but returned to Atlanta and earned an BBA at Georgia State University.  My maternal grandfather, Walter Inglet, had a small sawmill in Montgomery County, Texas. As a child I spent many summers with my grandfather in his one man sawmill. And, my father, Harty Kilgore, was a real estate developer (from Houston) who built primarily in Atlanta, Georgia, but many cities across the country. So, I had a strong impulse to build. After college, I entered the construction business, first working as a carpenter, and began designing and building homes in 1980. I built homes for about 10 years, until the financial crisis of the late 1980's. I have always had a workshop, where I build various things. I pursued manufacturing my marine and automotive hand tools when I quite building. You can view the work of Peggy Ackerly, Sam Kramer, Andres Duany, and Philip Steel by googling them. Additionally, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and The Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts have works by Peggy Ackerly in their collections. In 2012, I wrote an article/obituary for Peggy Ackerly, who passed in 2011 at the age of 90. You can read it by googling her. I've designed homes, jewelry, hand tools, machines, a vehicle, written a number of tool patents, and miscellaneous other projects, in addtion to sculpting. If you are curious about my patents, google my full name: Gary Hartman Kilgore. Keep in mind that most of my patents are in the name of the tool company I established, Motor Bay Company. I returned to figurative sculpture in 2006, after sculpting 6 trees in concrete as posts for my front porch (photos on page Tree sculpture). By the end of that project I realized that I really missed sculpting people.  So, here I am, back where I began....and very happy.