Bill Van Doren was a Renaissance Man, if ever there was one; artist, writer, singer; he could do it all, and do it well. Just as impressive was his complete joy of life, and his generous heart. When my brother passed away, a Sunset painting of that day arrived soon after; Bill was always lifting my spirits like that, with kind words, or even his recorded version of a song we both loved. Just a couple months ago, he sent me a box of his used paint brushes, so I could use them as characters in my new l'assemblages. A simple act that I will always cherish, and he will be a part of my art for years to come.
We travel the side roads for a time, and touch as many as we can. He has touched us, and will again. Bill Van Doren is a part of us all now.