For many years, we've been honored to showcase the original oil paintings of Washington artist Richard Weathermon and were saddened to hear of his recent passing. Weathermon's paintings of Southeast Alaska reflected his love of travel and his strong connection to the Pacific Northwest.
Weathermon, a retired school administrator turned landscape artist, was an avid traveler, fisherman, hiker, and lover of beach combing. After retiring from 35 years of working in schools in Washington and the Philippines, Weathermon's love of learning inspired him to enroll in a painting class. Through the years, he honed his technique to the beautiful pieces we see today.
Richard and his wife Helen loved the outdoors. After returning home from their travels, he would transform that passion for nature into the canvases he so lovingly painted featuring the places they frequented together- Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, Southeast Alaska. After taking an Alaskan cruise, Richard and Helen had fallen so in love with Alaska that they would later return to work at a fishing lodge together. This opportunity provided him with ample time to photograph, sketch, and later paint the area they had fallen so in love with.
Though he painted purely for joy, his artwork is exhibited and sold in several galleries in Washington and Alaska, including here at Scanlon Gallery. We feel lucky to have known him and for the opportunity to continue to represent his artwork.
In an email from his daughter she writes, "My dad had such joy in his second career of painting! ...Thank you for your many years of kindness to him and appreciation of his work."
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Maria at Scanlon's