Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gord Jones Captures the Beauty of Haliburton in Waters

I was looking at Gord Jones’ works online, and was stirred by his mastery of watercolour, and by his love of landscape painting. Gord divides his time between his two residences: one in Stoney Creek, Ontario and the other in beautiful Haliburton, Ontario.

While Gord brings to his craft more than 30 years of experience - he confesses to being somewhat inconsistent over the years and painting more "off than on".

Gord is employed by the Hamilton Separate School Board, and he's been married for 25 years and has one son in university.

Gord remembers enjoying drawing pictures and comic book characters during his childhood. That was when he first recognized his artistic skills.

Gord calls himself a workshop junkie, but there's much more to it than that. Gord is a lifelong student of the craft. He's studied at the Dundas Valley School of Art and he's taken dozens of workshops. Like many other artists, he's an avid reader of art books and magazines. His love of studying art has given him a profound recognition of those who have contributed to his development. People such William Biddle with his remarkable “ability to "set up" a composition as well as draw anything, in any perspective, from any angle, all out of his head." Not to mention artists such as Gordon Perrier, Katherine MacDonald, Stan Hughes, John Wilkinson, Bonnie Steinberg, and Barry Coombs.

"Early on I took a workshop with Brian Atyeo who painted watercolour more expressively than I had experienced before. I met and painted in the beautiful Killarney Provincial Park with a wonderful plein air painter Jane Champagne. More recently, well known and respected artists and instructors, Doug Mays and Art Cunanan have been instrumental in recharging me and encouraging more individual expressiveness in my efforts."

I am impressed with how Gord has reciprocated this love, by giving back to the community. He's a member of the Haliburton Arts Council and his paintings hang in the ‘Made in Haliburton’ Gallery, in downtown Minden.'

When Gord looks towards the future, his wish is to spend less time behind the wheel driving between Haliburton and Stoney Creek and more time behind his brush.

Gord is rather philosophical when he says that art sharpens his senses to what is visually out there in the natural world and his interest allows him to appreciate other’s work in a more informed way. Gord sums it up by saying that “it’s all about communication, whether it be in music, literature, theatre or the visual arts." Gordon's paintings speak eloquently for themselves.

To view Gord's paintings on his website, please click here.

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