My father loved painting. ... He saw the physical world through the eye of an artist, always looking for light, shadow and interesting themes. —Michael W. Scott
Elder Richard G. Scott served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 27 years before he passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.
One of Elder Scott's hobbies was artwork. In 2010, the Deseret Book flagship store in Salt Lake City displayed 15 of his watercolor paintings, many of which offer a window into his life.
In a 2010 interview with the LDS Church News, Elder Scott said his interest in watercolors was sparked in the 1960s when he and his wife visited a friend who was a commercial artist.
"It was fascinating to me," Elder Scott told the Church News. "I decided I wanted to try that. I did, and I was not very successful. Then I heard of an art teacher who was coming to town. I took four lessons from him, which equipped me with greatly improved skills and understanding about art."
In addition to some lessons, Elder Scott read books on the subject and basically taught himself how to paint with watercolors, his youngest son, Michael W. Scott, said in an interview with the Deseret News on Wednesday.
Whenever the family went on a trip, Elder Scott always took his camera and wouldn't hesitate to stop if he saw something inspirational, his son said.
"My father loved painting. We would be driving down a road and he would stop, pull over and say, 'Look at that; that would be a great painting.' Then he would take three or four photos," Michael W. Scott said. "He saw the physical world through the eye of an artist, always looking for light, shadow and interesting themes. He loved painting."
Over the years, Elder Scott shared his paintings with many people, his son said.
"He was so generous. You would say, 'Dad, I love this painting,' and he would say, 'Why don't you take it?'" Michael W. Scott said. "They are spread out among the family, relatives, former missionaries and friends."
If painting taught Elder Scott one thing, it's that you don't have to be an expert to try something, he said in the 2010 Church News article.
"One of the greatest blessings that come from trying something like painting is to appreciate the work of those who do it very well," he said.
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