|Weatherfords work is indelibly influenced by his childhood in the Mexican- American enclave of Laredo, Texas. He was born in 1951. The intense colors of the desert environment and the emotional passion of the Latin people Continue to be keynotes of his art. He began painting images around age seven and his work has remained his priority. He left Laredo on a bus while in high school to pursue his hunger for life.
Eventually this wild child settled in Telluride, Colorado, where he later served on the town council. Further wanderings included studying at the Art Students League and earning a Masters Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. This course of study culminated in two exhibitions he designed and installed: Rouaults fifty-eight-piece Miserere, followed by a show of his own paintings executed during seminary.
These experiences led to study at Claremont Graduate Art School in Claremont, California. It was while there that a compelling need for narrative took root. In his words: I felt that I must seek to tell a story. Convey a particular thought. Feelings alone were no longer adequate.
He has been with the Galleria Beretich for shows throughout the last nine years. His work has also been shown in galleries in Washington D.C., Scottsdale, and Telluride. Additionally, he was commissioned by the Sierra Club Books to create seventeen paintings for a children's book entitled Desert Dog, released in Fall 2001.
Weatherford now resides in Telluride, painting and tending his garden.