Artist Spotlight Series: Gerrit Goss
I am excited to share a friend and talent from the west coast.
We attended college at Rollins together and he is married to another Rollins gal.
Our boys are also in boarding school together in Virginia.
His talent is extraordinarily beautiful and calm. Enjoy getting to know…
What is your training?
I was an Art History major at Rollins College. I also took several fine art/ painting classes, but not enough for a double major or even a minor. I spent a semester in Florence studying art history and was particularly drawn to the renaissance gardens, which is what sparked my initial interest in landscape architecture. Later, when I was getting my Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, I went back to Italy for another semester, studying the landscape of Venice and the Veneto region. I would say I am ‘light’ on formal training as a painter, but I have plenty of design education.
What inspires you and your designs?
I see inspiration everywhere. Thoughtful design inspires me, natural beauty inspires me, and – clearly- the sky and horizon inspire me. Generally, I am drawn to a more minimalist aesthetic; less is more, for me.
How has your area influenced your work?
Most of my paintings could be considered ‘Southern California’ work, though not all of them. I think the creative energy of Los Angeles definitely motivates and inspires me, and I love noticing the difference in the quality of light in Southern California; I spend hours dreaming of ways to ‘capture’ it, to represent it. I could stare at the ocean forever and never tire of how the horizon changes. Even as my art evolves, I think I will always be interested in revisiting the horizon as subject matter.
Great White Cafe in Venice Beach, for a breakfast burrito and a ‘flat white’. In a town full of breakfast burritos, this one is a stand out, and the atmosphere and decor encapsulate the charm and grit of Venice. My best morning would be surfing at dawn with my son and then hitting Great White for breakfast!
Here is a look at his serene work…
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