My name is George Doornbos. I’m 87 years old, and I live with my wife, Janye, in a Breton Woods Retirement Community. I served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, in Nuremberg. As a radio operator, I learned Morse Code. But I also learned to obey orders. With all the intense physical training, I stayed in excellent shape, while serving in the best army in the world. Before moving into Breton Woods, I knew nothing about woodworking. But at 80 years old, after taking a course in the facility’s working shop, I learned how to create a new art process, called intarsia. The work involves coloring and combining pieces of wood to form an art piece that resembles an animal, a person, or a nature scene. The new hobby added a whole new dimension to my life. I no longer needed to wonder about what to do with my time. The work also helped me to take my mind off unpleasant things, such as the aging process or other challenging situations. Because of my time in the Army, I think it is important for young people to learn to obey and respect authority. I would advise a younger veteran who needs something to give their life more meaning to try a new hobby. The new interest may help someone take his or her mind off difficult situations or memories that might fill the mind.
George's ArtPrize Entries
These are George's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.