Larry Fanning stands beside the artwork he donated to Cancer League of Colorado’s Hope Ball, May 10.File photo by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
Artist Larry Fanning died on Nov. 28.
Larry was a widely respected Western and wildlife artist whose paintings line the walls of the homes of his many fans in Colorado and far beyond.
Larry was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and attended Kansas State University. Widely known as a self-taught artist, saying at various times that he was born with the talent, he was also known as a minister.
His artwork was published by Mill Pond Press and his work has been featured in The Wildlife Experience in Parker for months at a time. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Denver where his wife Wanda and he were married in an elegant ceremony attended by many friends who gave the couple a rousing sendoff, leaving in a horse drawn carriage. Many locals still recall every detail of that day with fond memories, now with sadness in their hearts and sympathy for the love of his wife, Wanda.
Fascination St. Fine Art in Cherry Creek North is Fanning’s primary place the world got his art in the past four years.
Store owner Aaron LaPedis, noted, “It was a very good friendship. I have a lot of his pieces in inventory and he was always giving a lot to charities. He always wanted to help others. I would call him one of the foremost wildlife artists out there, amazing.”
LaPedis said that just by looking at a painting, the details, you could tell the way Larry felt.
From the Fascination St. Fine Art site, Fanning is quoted as saying, “The iconic part of Western art is very much at the heart of being an American, even though America is resented in many parts of the world. I find the philosophical essence of the old West is very much alive today, in this modern world, and I encounter wisdom and inspiration in being around everyday Western people. I learn from this, and hopefully, it shows in my paintings.”
Being a Western artist, Larry and Wanda were seen at the VOA Western Fantasy benefits.
It was Larry’s wish that no memorial service be held.
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