in the mezzanine gallery
“The Day You Find Out Why ” Paintings by David Van Gorder
January 8 – February 14, 2022
Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk Reception with Mary Van Gorder
January 28th 5:00 – 7:00 PM
” The Two Most Important Days in Your Life
are the Day That You Are Born
and the Day You Find Out Why.” ~ Mark Twain
At the age of 22, a construction accident left David with a broken neck and crushed spinal cord. Unable to use his arms and legs and facing a life in a wheelchair, a future uncertain, he returned to college and sixteen years later earned a doctorate in clinical psychology. Having discovered his purpose in life, David established a successful psychotherapy practice and motivational speaking career to help others.
Although David’s injury limited his physical abilities, it did not reduce his artistic passion for life. In 1998, with the support of his family and friends he discovered yet another way to express his creativity – painting and drawing. Having developed special tools to assist with his movements, David was able to put his brush to canvas and pencils to paper to express his imagination and zeal for life.
David Van Gorder made his crossing on September 26, 2019 at the age of 76. “At David’s memorial, Reverend Tom Catlin, David’s pastor, observed that the best part of David’s life was Mary, and the best part of Mary’s life was David. Love and humor permeated their lives and flowed through all who knew them. He also said a good man never dies. He leaves a part of him in everyone that knew him. And so it was with David.” Carol Tanko 2021