I decided to post what I hope is mostly (sorry, I can't help myself) a positive message, in the face of what many believe to be a country and world filled with chaos and carnage. While I briefly mention tragedy below, I do so primarily as acknowledgement that for many, this time of year forces people to reflect on loss, what could or should be but isn't, but also (hopefully) renewal. God speed to those who are suffering, struggling, afraid, depressed, alone, unwell. (And no, given that Christians celebrate the birth and life of Christ this time of year, I decided not to sully that with a discussion of Mr. Moore.)
Please enjoy some winter scenes and early portraits of my parents Richard and Renee (portraits previously posted). Included are two more paintings of Richard's favorite mountain, Mt. Ben Lomond, North Ogden, Utah. As I mentioned in other posts, my father passed away Christmas day four years ago.
Inner City Moonlight, Acrylic on Panel, 32" x 48", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Brad Kupfer**
Brad Kupfer, a close friend with whom I disagree on almost everything political, was kind enough to use his snowmobile trailer and diesel truck to transport much of my parents' "stuff," including the contents of Dad's studio, from North Ogden, Utah to Concrete, Washington. Brad owns several of my father's paintings.
This is a particularly difficult time of year for Brad and his family. Two of his four children passed away, Kurt on December 22, 2004 and Danny on December 19, 2010. They were buried on the same date six years apart, December 28. Let's just say they were casualties of the greed and apparent lawlessness of large drug/pharmaceutical companies and cavalier medical providers that, coincidentally, pay a lot of money to buy their elected officials. No, of course there is no quid pro quo. Dark money and campaign contributions out of the goodness of their altruistic corporate hearts. I do not know how a parent survives the loss of one child. On December 28, 2017, I will dedicate a post to them.
Untitled, Watercolor, 16" x 24", Richard J. Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Untitled, Oil on Panel, 10.5" x 13.5", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Renee, Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 1962, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Parked Under the Ramp, Watercolor, 6" x 11", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Self-Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 48", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 1962, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Untitled, Watercolor, 22" x 29", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Brad Kupfer**
Untitled, Watercolor, 17" x 29", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 18" x 24", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
*My brother the very talented 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.