"This is a portrait of my daughter Tori. She was a model for an artist group – you will also find a portrait of her done by Bill Abler (professor in the UIS HDC Program) in the WUIS Art Gallery!" - Rachel
"This is a self-portrait done while in Missouri with artist friends – painting in a plein air event in “wine country.” Of course there is a long story that goes with this painting, too long to describe here!" - Rachel
"For me, the very best models or “sitters” bring a quality of presence to the process of posing that challenges the painter to find the requisite tools to respond in a meaningful way. Simply “holding still” does not constitute a “quality of presence” (indeed, teapots and bowls of fruit have been known to hold a specific pose indefinitely with great precision and reliability!).