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Brian Gordy

“I love the medium of watercolor. The subjects that attract me are the ones that I know watercolor can’t wait to do.”

When Brian Gordy, a former art teacher and interior designer, retired in order to paint, he knew he would need another reliable source of income. So he and his wife, Genny, started a framing business out of their duplex home.

“I wanted to paint full time and frame on the side. It is the exact opposite,” Brian says.

While Brian has to guard the empty times in his schedule for his watercolors, he also enjoys being known for creating gilded frames in styles dating back to the 14th century. He is a member of the Society of Gilders, an international educational organization devoted to the art and craft of applying gold leaf and precious metals.

“We do demonstrations of the gold leafing process in our studio,” Brian says. “It is sort of magical because it looks impossible. It is a lost art and very rare; not many people do it.”

Brian still tries to dedicate 25 to 30 hours a week to painting. His most recent exhibition was “White River Turtles” at the Minnetrista Museum.

“I have been inspired for the last five years by the river turtles, an ancient form of life that really hasn’t had to evolve to survive,” says Brian, an avid naturalist and environmentalist. “Turtles became an obsession of mine.”

Much like inspiration drives his art, Brian is encouraged by the prospect of the state agencies creating interest in local artists by mobilizing an audience for them. “I want to live in a state that honors its artisans and sees the value in promoting the hand-made excellence that is indigenous to Indiana.”