|The 2011 Portrait Society of America Grand Prize Winner, Jesus Villarreal (l.), being congratulated by Chairman Gordon Wetmore|
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of portrait painter, Gordon Wetmore. Having only recently been diagnosed with the rare neurodegenerative disorder, Prion Disease, Wetmore quickly succumbed to its devastating effects, and died the evening of August 25, 2011. He was 73.
Gordon, whose portrait commissions included such notables as Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Nicklaus, Princess Grace of Monaco, and President Richard M. Nixon, had a passion for the arts, and made much effort in his life to share his love of the field with other like-minded people. As co-founder of the Portrait Society of America, and its Chairman since its inception in 1998, Wetmore helped in making the non-profit organization the largest of its kind in the world. An affable man, his warmth and generosity will be missed by the many who came to know him.
At the request of Gordon's wife, Connie, and their three daughters, the Portrait Society of America has established the Gordon Wetmore Legacy Scholarship Fund so that Gordon's love of the arts will continue to be shared far into the future. To learn more about the scholarship fund, please visit the Portrait Society of America's website, where donations to the fund are now being accepted.