and Bill Gould
and I met in college, as Theatre Arts majors; Geri was an actress
and I had chosen technical theatre and directing as my focus.
We had everything in common, from a love of old cars (our first
date was in my 1931 Model A Pickup) to music, dancing and especially,
Fine Arts. We were married in 1969, and started our own business,
Gould Studios, in 1973, creating sculpture for medals and awards,
and prototype models for the product design community.
And so our long odyssey began, and continues today, some forty
years later, following a most amazing path of creativity and fulfillment.
Geri Jimenez Gould,
Geri is a native Californian, of Native American and Spanish/Mexican
American descent, with her Native roots dating back to before
the Mission period. She is an active tribal member of the Gabrieleno/Tongva
Nation, also known as the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians,
the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin. Her direct
ancestors were also among the pioneer colonists from Spain, who
explored and settled much of the American Southwest in 1598, including
Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Geri painted in traditional oil-on-canvas since 1970, and studied
painting with my mother, the noted artist Marion Douglas Gould,
for many years. She turned her primary focus in the late 1970ís
to the almost lost art of bas-relief sculpture for medals, memorials
and plaques. She has exhibited internationally, including the
British Museum, and has works included in the Smithsonian Institution
and Vatican Collections. Geri has served as a Board member and
elected officer of the American Medallic Sculpture Association,
and served as Guest Curator for the major AMSA exhibition Beyond
Two-Dimensions at the Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA.
"I have always been drawn to the portrait, especially the eyes.
In my work I attempt to show the
many facets of man, to bring his or her true soul and spirit alive,
whether in painting or sculpture. When
working on a portrait I often find myself "talking" to my subject,
even though I may have never met them, and
find their personality within the clay. I love the challenges
facing the bas-relief sculptor and medalist, bringing
form out of a planar surface to "beyond two-dimensions".
L. Gould, Designer, Computer Artist
I was born in Montana, and grew up near the Flathead Indian
Reservation. My parents were both professional artists, as were
their friends and peers, and from them I learned to appreciate
the Traditional Fine Arts. We moved to the Los Angeles area in
the early 1950ís, where my mom established her studio and taught
painting to over 100 students a week. I started making models
and patterns for hobby manufacturers at age twelve, but my interests
soon evolved into technical theatre and the movie industry, which
path I followed until just after college. Having "burned out"
from too many plays, I decided to return to modelmaking as a profession,
and was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company, Advanced Development
Division, as a modelmaker for programs including ANIK and INTELSAT
communication satellites, the Falcon, Sidewinder and Phoenix missiles,
and the TOW anti-tank weapon system, for which I received numerous
commendations. Geri and I started Gould Studios in 1973, and have
never looked back.
"I have always made things, which evolved into a lifelong career
as a modelmaker and designer.
I am also an artist. Both of my parents were artists, and I grew
up in a community of great artists, so my goal
is to help carry their traditions into the art of future generations.
also have a life-long passion for technology
and the superb design and craftsmanship by those who have come
before us. Unfortunately, so many important
objects have been lost to time or neglect, or may exist only in
inventorís notebooks. I hope to help pass along
this knowledge and wisdom to future generations.
As the great Industrial Designer Henry Dreyfuss once told me:
"We must understand our past to better design our future"