Richard E. Wynne
As a hospital corpsman in the Navy Medical Corps during the Korean War, Richard E. Wynne saw many war injuries and was himself involved in a trauma. Throughout that time, he witnessed first hand military physicians’ determination to save lives. His recent heart surgery at a Veterans Affairs (V.A.) hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., reminded him of that determination once again. There he saw wounded veterans rise above their injuries, including the loss of limbs. “What concerns me is people thinking that these injuries make one a ‘cripple.’ … In the V.A. hospital, I saw many brave men and women overcoming these disabilities,” he says. Wynne shows this strength of character in his approach as an artist. “Every time I start a new work, my intent is to show you my heart,” he says. This is a trait that he has passed on to his son Rhys, now 20, who has autism. “My son is my hero… Every day he faces an unkind world and goes forth. He gives me the ability to continue on,” Wynne says.