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I still feel there’s enough momentum to what I’m doing, enough favorable feedback, so that I feel that I have no choice but to continue. And I’ve done that for two decades. As you can see, I’m still quite prolific.” The joy of painting and his music also overlapped for Gordon. As a classical pianist, he remembered fondly how he and his father shared that magical love for music. And how it has influenced him every day.

“Music is very important to me, and I believe it shows itself all the time in my work,” reflected Gordon. “I feel that there’s a sense of music, and form, and rhythm of movement, that the two overlap and need each other. I don’t think I could do what I do without music.”

Richard, a highly regarded speech pathologist in the area and devoted member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, died suddenly in the spring of 2007. “We found out that he had pancreatic cancer, and it was seven weeks from diagnosis to death. It was devastating.”

20s; Gordon a budding artist; Richard a performance artist at the time (theatre and ballet). “I did not know if I could ever get back to painting, even though Richard encouraged me to do so,” shared Gordon.

“That was the day the music stopped,” teared up Gordon. In fact, Gordon always had music “I’ve never played anything in playing in his art studio when he Gordon never left Richard’s the studio since then. But I’ve side during those seven weeks. was creating. learned there’s wonderful music Father James Croom from St. in silence, and I’ve decided Until the day he lost Richard. Luke’s married the longtime that that was even a higher couple while Richard was in (continued) hospice. The two met in their

Gordon with his life partner, Richard Wills.

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Benchmark | Winter 2016