During Alan’s successful career he and his family were transferred to England then to Colorado. Alan’s last move was to Germany then in 1991 he retired and looked forward to settling in the Windermere Valley. His sketching and painting were inspired by each of the countries Alan lived in, the landscapes he saw, the people he met and the architecture he studied. Despite all his travels Alan’s heart belonged in the beautiful Columbia Valley where he retired in 1990. Alan’s passion for sketching and paint landscapes continued but with more time he began to explore different mediums. Whatever he dabbled in, his drafting designs were unique, his furniture stunning, his mirrors elaborately carved, his photographs beautifully composed and his wood turnings made ornate vases. It is through the Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fine Arts Fund his passion for the arts will live on.
Qualifying fields of study include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking and wood carving, architecture, music, poetry, photography, video production/editing, design, sequential art, conceptual art and printmaking.