Gordaneer was born in 1933 in East Toronto, growing up during the depression. He left school during grade nine to work in a grocery store. He took night classes, and enrolled in the Doon School of Fine Arts as a summer student eventually becoming a teacher.
For several winters in the 1950’s Gordaneer painted with other artists in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico. In 1957 he spent several months in Ibiza, Spain, then traveled to Paris, and visited major art museums around Europe.
His paintings begin with mark-making, breaking up the surface of the canvas with a felt-tipped pen. Then he sketches out shapes with a round bristle brush and burnt umber paint. He then fills the shapes with colours and his creations emerge.
He is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
He is represented at The Winchester Gallery, Chapman West Fine Art, the Daisy Chain Florist Shop, the Fran Willis Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.