Gordon Philipson




I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1939. I obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University in Canada in 1964, and an MS and PhD in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1968, following which I joined Shell Oil Company. In 1994, I joined IBM in Paris, retiring in 1998. My wife Ellen and I, whom I married in 1966, have two sons, Michael and Christopher, and four grandchildren, Aidan, Joseph Emma and Nicholas. We live in Lakeway, Texas. 

My formal studies in art began in 1998, at the Glassell School of Art, of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Artist Statement

My paintings are the result of a strong visual experience. Painting an experience is a way for me to preserve and personalize it.  I try to isolate on those aspects of the overall visual experience which resonate with me and to convey that in the paintings. My paintings are generally done in studio, from my own digital photographs. I often use the computer to improve the composition in some way, as one might with film using a darkroom, though digital imaging affords far more creative flexibility. When I am happy with the result, I create a drawing outline on watercolor paper based on the photograph.  I then create the Watercolor painting.