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My Name Is ... Dick Gallagher

Lakewood artist on May display at Centennial’s Goodson rec center


From ‘doodling’ to displays

I am 58 years old and have lived in Lakewood since 1986. Prior to that, I was in Wheat Ridge, Denver and Greeley. I moved to Colorado after college at the University of Illinois, and I got my first job in Greeley.

I am not a professional artist, but I began doodling in the margins of my homework in elementary school. We had required art classes through eighth grade, but then my art teacher suggested I quit wasting paint! So I went through high school with no art classes and studied accountancy in college. I am a retired CPA. This is a fun hobby that lets me explore a passion for vintage vehicles and the roles they have played in our business and personal lives.

Hooked on wheels

I have been crazy about cars and trucks since I was a little kid, and when my talented daughter did a painting of an old Chevy truck I once owned, I asked her to teach me the technique so I could begin “doodling” again.

I liked trucks so much that I used to go through the yellow pages when I was a kid to see all the different drawings or pictures of the different trucks the businesses and handymen used. This was in a little town in central Illinois, and I can still remember the trucks the local carpenter, electrician (and so on) used. I’ve done paintings now of several of those old trucks from my childhood.

Getting around

I have had my art displayed at all of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation (art display) locations, beginning with the Lone Tree Recreation Center in fall 2017. This will be my second time displaying at Goodson Recreation Center. I have also displayed at the Lone Tree rec center twice, making a total of six times I’ve displayed with the district.

What I like the most about South Suburban, and displaying at Goodson in particular, is the welcome I’ve received from residents, who have admired the art, and from all the staff I have worked with, especially Darcie LaScala.

Letting creativity out

I think it’s incredibly important that places like South Suburban put on displays because we all have a creative side to ourselves, and it gives all of us a chance to share in ways people would not expect. It helps open doors, so to speak, and helps us get to know our neighbors in new and refreshing ways. As a former auditor and CPA, I can tell you people would not have guessed I was also artistically inclined. And I can also tell you, they like my art much more than they like being audited, so they are much more inclined to have a conversation with me.

All in the family

I have a twin brother who did study art in college! He has told me that it bugs him that I’ve picked it up in a small way and am now doing more shows than he has had time for. He is the true talent though — I just love cars.

If you would like to suggest someone for My Name Is ..., or if you would like to be featured, contact Ellis Arnold at earnold@coloradocommunitymedia.com or 303-566-4109.


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