IF YOU GO

What: Brothers In Art exhibit

When: Reception 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Exhibit runs through Oct. 18.

Where: San Juan College Humanities Arts Gallery, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington

More info: 505-566-3464

FARMINGTON — Although Tim and Ken Gordon use different mediums to create their art, their final products are similar.

Starting Thursday, the brothers will show their art at the Humanities Arts Gallery at San Juan College. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 18.

"A Stellar Blue Jay Day," by Tim Gordon is displayed at San Juan College
"A Stellar Blue Jay Day," by Tim Gordon is displayed at San Juan College (The Daily Times)

While the brothers focus on landscapes, Tim Gordon, a painter from Aztec, said the main difference is that it takes him a lot longer than his brother to complete his art. He's a painter, while his brother is a photographer who lives in Farmington.

Tim Gordon got into art as a child, before his brother picked up photography.

Later, he joined the Air Force. He served as a cook during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. When he arrived at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., the first sergeant commissioned him to paint the dining halls at the base.

"I didn't particularly care to cook, and painting was a heck of a lot more fun," Tim Gordon said.

Each dining hall was given a different theme. He looked through National Geographic magazines for references while painting the South Pacific-themed dining hall. In the entryway, he completed 4-by-8 murals of underwater scenes. The Southwest and Florid became themes of other halls.

While he used National Geographic images to create murals in MacDill's dining halls, Tim Gordon now uses mainly his own photographs to create his paintings. He said he never sells his photographs; that's his brother's thing. But sometimes Ken Gordon takes a picture that his brother just has to paint.

"I'll con him into letting me use it for a painting," Tim Gordon said.

Photography serves as a uniting factor for the two brothers.

In July, they took a photography trip to northeastern New Mexico. They stopped by San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church in Taos, where dancers in brightly colored costumes performed. Ken Gordon shot the dancers, and one of those images will be displayed at the Humanities Arts Gallery.

Ken Gordon began taking pictures when, at age 15, his father gave him an old box camera.

"It didn't work worth a hoot," he said.

But he became fascinated with the mechanics of the camera, which led him to photography. Later, he became interested in landscape photography.

"It is such a beautiful country, and there's so much of it," he said.

Some of his favorite pictures are Ansel Adams' famous black and white photography. His admiration of Adams led him to focusing a lot on light.

"You're not using the color to help make the photographs," Ken Gordon said.

Instead, he said, he focuses on light, shadows and form.

He started in black and white mainly because color film was so expensive. But he now takes some of his digital photography images and converts them to black and white because of how much he enjoys the style.

Ken Gordon said he would like to see more artists outside taking pictures and painting, especially young artists.

"I would like to see more people spend time getting out," he said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.