Proust Questionnaire with Gordon Klaassen
Your earliest memory of art: Hot Rod Illustrations
When did you know this would become your vocation: When I retired from my “regular” job and had the time to pursue my artistic interests.
Your greatest influence: My kids as they really encouraged my imagination.
Occupation you would have chosen other than art: The occupation I did choose was woodworking.
Favourite pastime: Reading and sketching
Favourite artist: Favourite dead artist: Albert Bierstadt.
Favourite living artist: Tomislav Jagnjic.
Favourite writer and musician: This is always changing but right now, Salman Rushdie and Nick Cave.
Favourite Food and Drink: Crown Royal and strong cheese.
Favourite Smell and Sound: Cookies baking and children laughing. Preferably at the same time.
Favourite Object: My trusty pencil.
Favourite landscape: Pristine field of snow waiting for my footprints.
Favourite weather or season: Summer, sunny and warm.
Favourite word: Damn Skippy. Okay i know that’s two words.
Pet Peeve: Red Deer traffic lights.
Best quality: Determination.
Worst flaw: Self critical.
Definition of happiness: Quiet talks with my granddaughter.
Ideal place to live: A cottage on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
A recurring dream: The dream of Impending Doom.
One wish: I wouldn’t mind a bit of immortality.
Aspirations: To find my way deeper into that place inspiration comes from.
To me art is: Art is a relationship between the artist, the work, and the eventual viewer. They all play an equally important role.
I was born and raised in Manitoba. Married at 19 and still the best decision I ever made. Or was it her decision? I forget. Have two amazing adult children and one astonishingly unique granddaughter. Moved to Alberta in 2005. Love it here. Began seriously working on my art in 2017. I don’t have formal training but studied a lot of art books and you tube videos. I really enjoy working with watercolours.
Some of Gordon's works, currently available at A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections: