Ken Gandee was born at Northgate General, now a parking lot north of Seattle, in 1961. He was raised in Kirkland, Alderwood Manor and Snohomish County. A Senior at Mariner High School he began taking drawing less for granted and more seriously by turning his Pee Chees inside out and creating intense drawings on the blank covers. Creating drawings in pen & ink and pencil would carry him through the next four years in the Navy. During those long periods of boredom drawing was a way for him to pass the time away while at sea.
After being discharged from the Navy in 1985, Ken took a break from drawing for the next five years. In 1990 thinking it would be a shame to throw out his artistic abilities he took up drawing again and never stopped. He’s work on human anatomy studies, landscapes, cityscapes and mass doodling, keeping him in a constant state of practice.
In 2001, he placed first and second at the Edmonds Arts Festival in the drawing category. His first place piece also received Best of Show. His work would be accepted into the Edmonds Arts Festival for the next two years, but then after that he decided to drop below the radar for a while to practice more. Throughout Diamond Knot’s new website, there are some great examples of what Ken can do with a pen. We hope you enjoy the drawings along with the ales.