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Daily Inspiration: Meet Gordon D. Durich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gordon D. Durich.

Hi Gordon, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I got started as a writer and artist in Melbourne and then Sydney, Australia. I did a tour of California which included a visit to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

A fellow writer Kitty, who became my wife I wrote about all things L.A. and returned to Sydney, only to return to California, to marry Kitty in 1993. I’ve worked in L.A. and Ventura County as a writer, artist, and art department in film, television, and video.

I also worked on major events with R.A.D.D., Recording Artists for Drunk Driving, and N.A.A.C..P., which took me to Washington, D.C. I’ve been involved with the California Writers Club, Book Publicists of Southern California, and the American Cinematheque. For the latter, I was involved with the reopening of the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and events honoring Nicolas Cage, Jodie Foster, and Nicole Kidman.

My art has been exhibited at the Topanga Canyon Gallery and other venues. I’ve written for CSQ, Malibu Chronicle, Whole Life Times and Stage Happenings, and The Hollywood Times. Also, I’m working on two films, documentaries about the “Outlander” TV series as Executive Producer and The Bowery Boys. I’ve produced 3 films and won the American Film award for one of my documentaries.

I’ve worked with the special needs population and volunteered for many causes and organizations including Atmosphere church and others.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not in the slightest, mate!

Dealing with my “different” background, being an immigrant, and having an accent (“What part of England are you from?” I still get asked after 28 years, despite being raised in Australia! I did live in London however).

Also has experience anxiety and the blues, such as ADHD, and physical challenges. But I’m a fighter.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My mixed media and pen and ink creations.

I specialize in intricate and unique designs often related to spirituality. My “Instrument of Peace” guitar design reflected my love for music and the spiritual and was featured on T-shirts, tote bags – even pillowcases (at Brandy Melville, Malibu).

I’m proud of my creative drive and passion for all things artistic. I’m proud of my designs that are meaningful, sometimes fun, and connecting. What sets me apart is I am very driven and zero in on causes that mean something to me, like mental health and those with special needs.

I’m also working on a book about my complicated path through spirituality and weaving in anecdotes and experiences such as a retreat at Serra Retreat, Malibu.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Yes, it is possible to stay positive, pardon the pun, and be aware of health above everything else. Like my parents preached to me.

You can keep working despite the “dodgy” circumstances and situations so long as you protect yourself and others. You cannot let the crisis destroy your spirit or journey in life. This too shall pass, so long as the collective “we” are patient and trust in something greater and hang in there.

Masks can be bearable – even make a statement. Sanitizer is a great idea always. Washing of hands should not just be due to the pandemic but a regular and almost religious practice, especially for men!

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