Works by Jeff Gordon’s Parents
About the Artists
Duane Gordon and Barbara Loughlin
Duane and Barbara are the parents of FBC’s Associate Pastor, Rev. Jeff Gordon. Be sure to visit the Fairmount Gallery to see this special exhibit!
Duane’s background was in the field of design. He received a degree in Fine Arts from USC, then a graduate degree in Design from Art Center College. He went on to teach at Art Center College and Chouinard Art Institute, both in Los Angeles. Duane then spent 30 years as a commercial artist and founding partner of Studio Artists, a Los Angeles-based design studio. His clients included many of the airlines, and Disney Studios. He was influenced in great part by Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler, painters of the 20’s and 30’s whose works were largely centered around houses or the forms or shadows that architecture creates.
“I work in an odd medium,” he confessed, “a combination of transparent watercolor and ink drawing. They are half drawings and half paintings, with the majority of the hours dedicated to the drawing.”
The ink and pen work is done last, over the painting. Each piece represents from 20-40 hours of work, and Duane liked to have several concepts going at once. That way he could work according to his mood – sometimes with the fresh excitement of a creative beginning, sometimes with the more tedious etching of the later phase.
Duane and his second wife Kathi were residents of The Sea Ranch – a small community with strict architectural requirements imposed to blend in with the natural landscape of the rugged northern California coast.
When he retired in 1982, they built a house that received an award from Sunset Magazine.
The house design included Duane’s studio, which had large windows looking out into the redwood forest.
Duane participated in many gallery exhibits and art shows all over California as well as in New York and Texas, and won numerous awards. He was one of four judges for the Walt Disney World 18th Annual Festival of the Masters in Florida. Duane passed away in 2013.
Barbara Loughlin was Duane’s first wife. Following their divorce in the early 1960’s, Barbara worked in dental offices in San Diego and for the Lockheed Corporation in southern California.
Barbara was always an excellent seamstress, but turned to quilting mid-life., a hobby that she pursued until just two years ago when advancing age made it impossible for her to continue. Her quilts have been featured in many local art shows in central California – and have been passed on to her children.
Sunburst Quilt (a comment by Jeff)
“When I first saw this quilt on the wall of my mom’s apartment, my eyes must have bugged out – I was completely overwhelmed by its beauty and intricacy. The skill required to make this quilt is astounding. I immediately said, “I want this!” in a joking manner, and mom immediately said that she would give it to me at the appropriate time. It’s now a treasured heirloom that graces my bedroom wall. I still frequently find myself looking at it in awe and wonder.”