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Rachel's Menagerie

1999-2001. Acrylic. 14" x 17"

A portrait of my elder daughter, Rachel (when she was 3), who loves animals. Most of the animals are African in origin, but the tiger, of course, is from Asia. I originally intended to paint a lion, but I felt that the piece needed more color, and anyway, I wanted to paint a tiger, so I painted a tiger .

When I first showed this to Rachel she was unimpressed (can’t all daddies do that?). But as she grew older, she began to appreciate the piece, and the work that I put into it. A few years later I decided to paint a similarly themed portrait of my younger daughter, but that one took a lot longer to complete.

  • The Big Lake
  • Ellie's Gallimaufry
  • Sans Souci
  • Rachel's Menagerie
  • Laugher
  • Game packaging art concepts
  • Serenade
  • Centaur
  • Carl and Hilda
  • Cindy Throws
  • Adam and Eve
  • Love In the 90s
  • Fashion Model
  • A Day At the Beach
  • Bobabilicops
  • Media Storm
  • Elder Air

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