Profile: Frank Ducote
Frank Ducote’s mission as a Senior Urban Designer is to make the world a better place by being more sustainable, equitable, affordable, and even – dare we say – beautiful! As a multi-faceted artist working in a variety of mediums, Frank brings a sense of curiosity and willingness to try new things to his work within the municipal framework. “Like art, if a city, building or plaza is considered beautiful it will be remembered and cherished. If cherished, it will last.”
When he’s not at his day job with the City and District of North Vancouver, Frank works from a home-based gallery on South Pender Island that he shares with his life partner and fellow artist Susan Taylor. Most recently, he is exploring reverse painting oil on glass but continues to work on canvas and paper as well. His other main passion is folk art, a medium that allows him to indulge a lifelong connection with shaping wood, and to apply new ideas learned from a metal sculpture course that he recently took at Emily Carr University.
In addition, Frank has embraced the creative potential of the iPad, whose touch-screen tactility encourages play with line, form and colour in a very childlike way. “I think the potential for this art form, trail blazed by artist David Hockney, is immeasurable, particularly in the area of teaching and learning to draw and paint in a fairly unthreatening way.”
You can see more of Frank’s work at www.bloodstargallery.com
Bend in the Road by Frank Ducote, acrylic on canvas
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