Saturday, April 26, 2014

"Distant Journeys" 60" X 40" Original Pastel, Offered at $10,000

This new offering is a from Larson's Southern California period. It was purchased in 1988 from Galleries Touche in Laguna Beach. It is gallery mounted and has a Certificate of Authenticity.

For further information on this work,  please contact: Valerie Haynes, PO Box 86, Gilbertsville, NY 13776. Tel: 607-783-4045. Email:

Friday, December 21, 2012

"Mystery" --One of Vance's early and rare representational hard-edge paintings

"Mystery" is one of Vance's early and rare representational hard-edge paintings from the 1970s. Further details, such as its dimension, medium and current whereabouts are unknown.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Larson's "Kokopelli Gold" used for the cover of Doctor Goldbunny, published in 2013

"Kokopelli Gold" by Vance A. Larson was used for the cover of Doctor Goldbunny, a fantasy fable published in 2013. Two other Larson paintings from his Cave Art period will be used for Books 2 and 3 of the trilogy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Seeking Museum Placement for "The Lifestar"

We are seeking placement of the Vance A. Larson work, "The Lifestar," in a major museum collection. Interested curators may contact Valerie Haynes, sister of the artist, at Tel: 607-783-4045. The painting can be viewed in Gilbertsville, NY.

"The Lifestar," a 40 X 50 original oil, was painted by Larson over the course of a year, from 1979 to 1980. He considered it to be his most important work, and is the culmination of his early, hard-edge period. It shows his spiritual nature like no other painting, the rainbow of ancient shamanic tradition.

"The Lifestar" has been published as prints, and on the cover of the premier (2000) issue of Illume--Journal of Universal Ideas.

Friday, June 18, 2010

MajGen Fred Haynes Portrait now in the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of the Marine Corps

This portrait of Maj. Gen. Fred Haynes, USMC, the artist's brother-in-law, is now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

A pastel, it is one of two portraits Larson painted of Gen. Haynes when the artist was living in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, in 1979 and 1980. The other portrait was done in charcoal.
[Note: This is a snapshot of the framed portrait, and has a reflection of the flash from the glass.]

Obituary of Gen. Haynes from the Washington Post:

HAYNES FRED E. HAYNES (Age 89) Fred E. Haynes, 89, a retired Marine Corps Major General, died March 25, 2010 in a New York City hospital. He was a veteran of the iconic battle of Iwo Jima in WWII and founder of the Iwo Jima Association of America. He served with the 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima - the same regiment that raised the now famous flag on Mt. Suribachi. The picture, taken by Joe Rosenthal during the heat of the battle, has become the world-wide symbol of Marine Corps heroism. General Haynes served his country for almost 40 years, including three wars. Just prior to his demise, he participated in the 65th Anniversary of Iwo Jima Reunion and Symposium at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. General Haynes served in Korea in 1954 as the Executive Officer, Second Battalion, lst Marine Regiment. In Vietnam, 1966-67, he served as both Commanding Officer, 5th Marine Regiment, and as Chief of Staff, Task Force X-Ray, lst Marine Division. As a general officer he served as Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and subsequently commanded both the 2d and 3d Marine Divisions. With extensive experience handling prisoners of war, General Haynes also advised presidential candidates, as well as sitting presidents, on the treatment of those captured during battle. He strongly advocated humane treatment of all prisoners, not only because he believed "it was the moral thing to do", but also because humane treatment often provided valuable intelligence at a time when the lives of servicemen and women depended on it. General Haynes, along with co-author James A. Warren, wrote the best-selling military book on WWII, "The Lions of Iwo Jima". It is a firsthand account of the 4,500 Marines, from Combat Team 28, 5th Marine Division, during the ferocious battle for Iwo Jima in 1945, in which the General actively participated. This highly decorated Marine Corps General is survived by his wife Bonnie Arnold Haynes, three children Karen Francis Haynes, Fred Elmore Haynes, William Lane Haynes and stepdaughter Alexandra Samantha Tramont. Services to be held at a later date.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Self Portrait

Among my dearest memories of Vance were when he lived in Olde Town, Alexandria in 1979 and 1980. This self-portrait was from that period. When I visited him there he was often playing chess with Bill Paren, a collector of his art, and listening to Tomita's Debussy.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Gold Note

Gold Note was painted in 1981, and is one of Vance's early pastels. It shows his transition from the hard edges depicted in his early oils to the softer lines of his later pastels.
We are interested in learning the whereabouts of the original painting.

Stairway to Another Dimension

This pastel is from Vance's California period.
We are interested in learningthe whereabouts of the original work.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Engineering Space, original pastel owned by Sydne and Thom Schinkel of Scottsdale, AZ

This 17X23 pastel was one of a set of three Vance painted probably in the early 1980s. We are interested in identifying and locating the whereabouts of the other two.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


This 60X40 pastel from Vance's California period is untitled.

We are interested in learning the whereabouts of the original work.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Biographical Site Launched

We are pleased to announce the launching of Catch Your Dreams Like Thunder, a companion blog to this one, dedicated to collecting biographical materials on the life of Vance A. Larson. We welcome, and are grateful for, your input.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dawn of a New Society, pastel

This painting was featured in the Holistic Health Journal in 1999, for an article I authored, "Changing Prisons Into Hospitals." We would be interested in learning the whereabouts of the original pastel.--VH.

The article can be read here:

New Colors Launched

A new website blog, New Colors, has been launched. This is the poetry and art collaboration of twin siblings Valerie Haynes and Vance A. Larson, begun in 1990.
This week the color "Alsalfisar" is featured. A New Color will be featured bi-weekly. We hope you enjoy this series.

Kokopelli Gold, pastel

The print of Kokopelli Gold is available from several independent sources on the Internet, and is one of Vance's more famous works. We are interested in learning the whereabouts of the original pastel.

Blue Note, original oil owned by Cynthia and Athena Samual

Painted in 1980, and purchased by Major General Fred and Mrs. Valerie Haynes, while Vance was in Washington, DC. In 1990 Valerie Haynes gave the painting to Cynthia and Athena Samuel.

Giclee prints of Blue Note are offered for sale by Art Encounter of Las Vegas.

Portrait of the Artist's Sister, original oil owned by Valerie Haynes of Gilbertsville, NY

One of Vance's only oil portraits, painted by the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC in 1980

Flight, original oil owned by Philip Zettle of Washington, DC

"Industry", original oil owned by Philip Zettle of Washington DC