Upon graduating from college, Richard “Doc” Weaver joined the United States Air Force (USAF) to seek a career as a pilot. In addition to flying, painting provided him with a creative outlet that greatly enhanced his life. In 1974, his final job before retirement took him to New Mexico. He retired from the active military in 1976 and has been painting full-time since then.
Weaver joined the New Mexico Watercolor Society in 1974. Later on, he was awarded Charter Signature Membership in this society.
Weaver directed many workshops, principally for John Pike, Tom Hill, George Cheropov, Jack Pellew, Tony van Hasselt, and Charles Reid. He worked as a workshop director for Tony van Hasselt’s painting holiday workshops from 1972 to 1976. In van Hasselt’s workshops, there was always a stable of top-notch painters.
He has also taught watercolor workshops throughout the West for the past 30 years. In 1977, he relocated from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and stayed active in the art scene there. During the next few years, he served on the Santa Fe Arts Commission and has been an officer and trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. He was also a member of the board of directors and the master selection committee of the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts.
Weaver divides his time between working outside and in the studio. Sketches made outdoors are a valuable resource for his larger studio work. In addition to watercolor, he paints with oil and acrylic materials. Many of his paintings are in private and museum collections across the country. He is a United States Air Force Art Program member, and his artworks may be found in the USAF Art Collection.
1953 – Stanford University, Studied With Professor Daniel Mendelowitz
1954 – Bachelor of Arts Degree, San José State University
New Mexico Watercolor Society: 2004 Spring Show, Canson Award Winner
American Watercolor Society: Selected for Exhibition in the 134th Show (New York, NY, April 2001)
Watermedia 2000: Signature Member Group, New Mexico Watercolor Society Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe, NM, June 2000)
The Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolor II: Stables Gallery (Taos, NM, November 1996)
Read this article published by the Military Officers Association of America about Weaver’s success as an artist and pilot.