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Gordon Rose


Artist and home:

I grew up on a small town in Cape Breton in the 50s and 60s in a large family of 12.  At an early age I learned that if I needed something I could often make it or reclaim it. I am a retired carpenter, salesman and barber.


Background & Occupation: 


The things that inspire and influence me are nature and humor. The sea coast is the jewel for me - the color, the texture of the sand, land and water and the wildlife, fish, whales and water are no stranger to me. They are a big part of my life. I am a great lover of the outdoors and trout fishing where I find that the color of a brook trout is so much more lovely if it is set free.  Color is my world, shape and smoothness are my best friends and paint is my partner. I am sure in saying that I have been creative for over 70 years. Every once in a while I see an older piece that I have done and it is rather strange when I see something from the 60s. 

My wife also inspires me; actually more pushes!


Artist Inspiration & Influence:


My art once focused mainly in paintings using transparent watercolors. Over the years as I became more confident in my work I turned to a variety of art forms and for the past 20 years I have focused on folk art. I carve a lot of fish and a wide number of things; about 20 a year.  I build various pieces of furniture and save pieces built by others and rebuild and paint them. When I build or rebuild furniture my hope is that the piece will be around for a long time.

Art Methods & Techniques: 


In the 70s I sold a number of watercolors to Denny Doherty of the Mommas and the Papas.

I currently do 35 to 50 pieces a year and I do one show and sale a year, which is the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival in Lunenburg.  The sales and positive comments on my work that I receive are great recognition and it brings me a feeling of satisfaction to know my work is on display in a variety of homes spread across Canada and into the US and even overseas. I hope folks continue to enjoy my work. 


Phone: 1 (902) 765-1031

New work can be viewed on his Facebook Page.

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