Piece description from the artist
This painting stems out of my love for art history. It is a study of "Ali-Ben-Hamet, Caliph of Constantine and Chief of the Haractas, Followed by his Escort" painted in 1846 by Théodore Chassériau, a mixed race romanticist painter. This mesmerizing equestrian portrait was my first whole-hearted attempt at a grisaille before really starting the color part of the painting. Thank you Chassériau for continuing to inspire artists into the 21st century!
Rachel Goede is from Omaha, Nebraska, where she started drawing with pens when she was only one year old.
During high school, she started to paint and went to study in Italy as an exchange student. When Rachel came back to the United States, she attended Arizona State University, where she graduated with a degree in Italian and painting in 2008. Today, Rachel is a full-time mom, a full-time marketer, a full-time artist, and a part-time day-dreamer.
She currently works as a gallery attendant in Scottsdale, Arizona where she can be surrounded by art on a daily basis.