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and antiquities of the Southwest. Deb helped
start the annual antiques show at the museum.
In April, with Jim about to retire from his
career in sales, the couple was planning to go
to Taos again when a health scare intervened.
Doctors discovered a benign tumor “the size of
two golf balls” in Deb’s brain. She underwent
11 hours of surgery, followed by radiation.
That was in April. In May, she appeared at
her studio and gallery at 2304 7th Ave., for a
reception and sale of her paintings and those
of others. It wasn’t much later before she was
painting again. Now, despite some lingering
health issues, she paints nearly every day and
also leads weekly group sessions for advanced
Retired architect George Pillorgé, who attends
the sessions, took a class from Gooch at
the museum on drawing the human Àgure.
“She was the perfect teacher for me because
she was very encouraging, always precise
in helping me to see and draw the model’s
correct proportions and abstract shapes in the
loose, painterly style I wanted to learn,” Pillorgé
Gooch has no plans to stop doing what she
“As you get older, you realize that if you
don’t use your particular skill or talent, you’re
going to lose it, so that’s what keeps me going,”
Gooch’s appreciation for color is obvious in her paintings.
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