Gordon is a geologist, an environmentalist, and an artist. Nature is the common denominator and painting brings it all together. “My paintings reflect who I am; a summation of a lifetime of experiences.”
Oil paints are Gordon’s principal medium, but he sometimes paint in pastel. In both plein air and in the studio, he captures the wonderment of nature and associated human artifacts subject to change with time. His landscape paintings cover Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and National and State Parks in the Western States.
Gordon was born in Sioux City, Iowa in February 1937, and now lives in Bend, Oregon. With BS and MS degrees in geology, he worked for a large international oil company for 31 years in many different countries as a geologist and, later in the US as a manager. His experience provided the metal discipline necessary to continuously improve his painting skills and to know that failure lies on the pathway to success.
“Essentially, I am self-taught in art. Reading the more in-depth art books, in particular Alla Prima by Richard Schmid, provided me with an appropriate philosophy and approach to art. Many fellow artists, including my artist wife, voluntarily help with the actual practice of painting.
Gordon completes more than 100 paintings a year while also reviewing the paintings of artists he admires - inspiration plus knowledge gained.
His paintings have garnered honorable mention in the Artist’s Magazine in 2011, juried into the Zion National Park Anniversary show, which traveled the US for 2 years, and juried into the Oil Painters of America National Show in 2006 and in the Oil Painters of America Regional Show in 2006.
You can see more of Gordon’s work at his website.