Gavin was born in Cape Town in 1971, the son of a farmer and artist. He loved his farm life and showed no interest in his academic work. He loved working with his hands, drawing and painting. Supported by his parents he left school to study Graphic Design at the Ruth Prowse Art School, during which he never gave up his love for oil painting. Gavin experimented with various styles applying his graphic design knowledge to his paintings, he used pleasing pastel colours that had been thinned out, this gives a watercolour affect and has been most successful.
Gavin is highly versatile and has international and local investors snapping up his work. He is one of South Africa's best selling artists and his love for painting is undying, he is always looking for inspiration. He is a keen photographer and enjoys collecting works of his fellow artist friends.