Ron Van Dongen

  • In the Garden with Ron Van Dongen

    In the Garden with Ron Van Dongen

    Claire Sykes, Photographers Forum Magazine February 15, 2014

    Van Dongen takes me back several decades while we sit at his kitchen table - his dog, Elliot, asleep at our feet - in the Portland, Oregon home that he shares with his partner, David. Out the window, the late-fall garden braces for winter's frigid rains. With his quiet demeanor and gentle voice marked by a slight accent, he tells me that some of his earliest memories are not of people, just "trees, animals, colors, flowers and plants. I don't know why that attracted me, but it did. And that's never gone away."

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