"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
"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
"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!).
"I set out to capture sunset illuminated, wooden crosses in the ancient Yaqui Indian cemetery near mission San Xavier del Bac, the 300-year-old White Dove of the Desert south of Tucson. As I set up my camera, an enormous, pale yellow Arizona Moon rose over the hills to the East. I advanced the film to capture this once-in-a-lifetime scene. No film. Alas, I was left only with an indelible mind-picture of the shining crosses, the mission and the rising moon.
"Set in Southern Arizona, this scene evokes my many childhood memories of when a passing rain would release all the wonderfully pungent aromas of the Sonoran Desert. What was dry and scentless would become a symphony of smells; creosote, Mesquite, Sagebrush and sand, Microscopic creatures, long dormant in the scorching heat, came alive when anointed by the cooling touch of raindrops. Nothing has ever been so fresh; so clean." - George