Richard G. Scott: Walking Toward the Light


Richard G. Scott served for 38 years as a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He may be more well known for his work in nuclear engineering, but he was avid painter and liked to work in watercolors. He was born in Idaho, grew up in Washington, D.C., and also lived in Tennessee and Utah. He passed away in September of this year.


Jeanene Walking Toward the Light (above) is based on a photograph taken at Adam-ondi-Ahman, Missouri. He painted the scene after his wife, Jeanene, died in 1995. Scott told the Deseret News that it is a reminder to him that she was ahead of him on the path walking toward the light.

Scott’s son explained, “My father loved painting. We would be driving down a road and he would stop, pull over and say, ‘Look at that; that would be a great painting.’ Then he would take three or four photos. He saw the physical world through the eye of an artist, always looking for light, shadow and interesting themes. He loved painting.”

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Images courtesy Richard G. Scott, Deseret News, and