Information submitted in April of 2006 by Wynne Benti:
When he was nine years old, Gary Lake moved to Bishop, California to live with his grandparents. He spent summers at their cabin in Mammoth Lakes, hiking and fishing the backcountry basins. In elementary school, Lake ate at the old Golden State Cafe on Main Street in Bishop, California. Hanging on the restaurant walls were the beautiful Sierra landscape paintings of local artist Robert Clunie, a member of the California Art Club. Young Lake was so inspired by the realism and accurate palette of those bigger-than-life Clunie paintings, he knew that art was to be his own destiny.
At the onset of the Korean War, Lake dropped out of high school and joined the Na
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