Tribute to Jim Faulkner

The Paintings of Jim Faulkner will be on view at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. through Monday February 29. We are open Monday – Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-3. The Gordy staff extends our heartfelt condolences to Jim on the loss of his wife of 62 years. Eleanor Faulkner was much loved in our community and was well known for caring for animals at her Falcroft School for Dogs and as one of the founders of Action for Animals. No doubt she had great influence on Jim’s paintings that are now hanging in our gallery.

About his own paintings, Jim recently said, “I am very taken by the constant change taking place in everything… the new that decays, becoming the old.” As we look back on Jim’s career, we have found this earlier painting from the 1990s showing his sustained attraction to things that are aged and weathering the test of time. Jim and his paintings have also stood the test of time and should be credited with quietly encouraging many more things that are doing the same. In a recent tribute to Faulkner’s gentle influences, Brian Gordy has traced the roots of Gordy Fine Art and Framing back to a conversation they had together.

In 1982 I was accepted into the MFA program at Miami of Ohio. At that time I was working as a designer of institutional interiors. As the time grew nearer to formally accept the appointment, which included an assistantship, I began to worry about what havoc I was about to wreak on my family by quitting my job and moving us to Oxford, Ohio for 2-3 years. As much as I wanted to do this, I just couldn’t get to the place where I felt OK about it. I drove out to talk to Jim about my situation. As we took a quiet walk around his property, past self-built kennels, a restored barn studio and self-planted woods, I spilled my story. He listened politely for a while, then asked “What do you want with this MFA degree? Do you love teaching?” A career he knew I had already left behind.

“I can teach, I wouldn’t say I love it… I just want to give my life a chance to be about making art.” I answered.

“Why don’t you just paint?” He said with a smile. “Put it in your life and keep at it. You don’t need an MFA for that.”

As I looked around at the serene setting and the gentle guy standing with me, I realized I was being shown the perfect model of how to go about doing just that. Within the year I had a frame showroom and a painting studio in my home and a frame shop in the garage. I was painting every day and framing in between. It was the beginning of Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company, and my career as a watercolor painter.

Feb 2016
AUTHOR braydee

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