By DEBORAH WHEELER
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Posted Jul. 16, 2015 at 3:39 PM
Gulf Place has welcomed a new tenant into its fold: Gordie Hinds Art.
Hinds is not new to the area, however, just new to Gulf Place.
Hinds has lived on the coast for 18 years, and has been a local artist for more than 10.
His work has been represented at various galleries in the area, but he now feels he has found a home of his own.
Hinds is an untrained and self-taught artist who pulls from his diverse background and intense curiosity in all things to create his works of art that seem to emulate life in vibrant colors.
“I picked up painting by accident, but it’s something I always wanted to try. When people started to buy it, that was motivation to keep at it,” he said.
In his previous life, Hinds enjoyed a career as a merchandise designer for Colombia Sportswear, and he raised performance horses in Portland, Oregon.
Through his many diverse interests, Hinds has garnered wins such as the Overall Grand Champion in Key West’s SLAM salt-water fishing tournament, which he won four times; the Redbone fly division championship three times; Hi Point Champion most releases five times; and was world champion and reserve world champion in calf roping, team roping, steer stopping and reining.
“I have lots of stories,” he said with a smile.
Hinds moved to the Emerald Coast after selling his horse farm.
Working mostly with acrylic paints, and occasionally watercolors or oil, Hinds said he finds inspiration everywhere: fishing, dogs, people, other artists’ work.
“I find a lot of things interesting,” he said. “I think I have ADD. There’s nothing that I don’t find interesting.”
At his new Gulf Place gallery, Hinds is sharing space with his creative and personal partner, Susan Brock. Brock has an office at the gallery for her interior designs business, Spaces Redefined.
“The two businesses complement each other very well,” said Brock.
“She is also my curator,” said Hinds.
Hinds is at the gallery most days, said Brock, and he is available by appointment.