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From there, Gordon began “painting” with sunlight, creating new and different prismatic images, eventually developing her first portfolio. She had no art education, no training. Gordon’s bachelor’s degree is in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge.


While brand new to photography, Gordon has spent a lifetime writing. In fact, she’s as passionate about poetry as she is about her photographic arts.


“I remember writing a poem when I was 13 years old and got many compliments from my family,” she explained. “I gave that poem to my neighbor, who placed it in her cupboard. When I went back to visit 40 years later, it was still there.”


The poem’s almost prophetic title was “Make Your Dreams Come True.” Born in the Bronx, Gordon lived in New York until the age of 16, when her family moved to Granada Hills, Calif. She has lived in the


Santa Clarita Valley for years, rearing two children in Canyon Country, and now residing in Saugus.


Gordon’s poetry is inspired by photographs, sometimes her own, sometimes pictures taken by others. Her themes are often related to change and the emotions that surround those experiences.


Painted Journey ney If


If I flap my wings I know I can fl On this painted journey Careening through the sky


Car Passing fields of


ssing fields of passion blues Leaves flicker then rendezv


sw l… swirl… then rendezvous


Midnight holds the magic key … melting into reveries


y … melting into r --Carrie Dawn --Carrie Dawn w I can fly


“You Decorate My World” photograph by Carrie Dawn Gordon


24 Santa Clarita Living Magazine December 2011 Newhall - Valencia


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