Untitled, Oil on Panel, 24" x 35", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
For about twenty years, my parents lived in the shadow of my dad's favorite mountain, Ben Lomond, in Pleasant View, Utah. Pleasant View is just north and a little west of Ogden where my dad was an art professor at Weber State University for most of my life. Posted here are four paintings, two of which include Mt. Ben Lomond.
Untitled, Watercolor, 11" x 27, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Helen Bero-Van Wagoner and Richard A. Van Wagoner**
The painting above was my parents' gift to me for graduation from law school. Dad let me choose.
Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 26", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
The walls of our home were covered with his paintings and those of his colleagues at Weber State and other universities. Growing up, I wasn’t all that impressed. Everyone’s dad did something. Let's say, I grew into it. Having a parent who was a visual artist, and with such range and diversity and willingness to push beyond himself, is extraordinary.
Untitled, Watercolor, 24" x 38", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
When he died Christmas day 2013, he left a few paintings unfinished. I'll post them next month.
*My brother the fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to lastamendment.com
**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed nearly 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in lastamendment.com are hers.