The UNLV Self-Portraits

Santa Monica, 1968
Beverly Hills, 1970

Rita shyly explains why her self-portraits were included in the show: 

Dr. Tracy insisted that I include two self-portraits, one for each side of the Artemus Concert Hall display wall.

Self-portraits are not easy to do. For some artists, they may be an ego trip. In my case, I was always pressured by dealers to paint them because they implied the artist had arrived. I did what I had to do but with great difficulty.

The first self-portrait was painted shortly after I started selling my paintings in Beverly Hills. The challenge was that all the other artists were doing it and so what was I afraid of.

The second portrait was two years later. There you can see I had slowed down a little and was having second thoughts about everything.

In both cases, I painted them from a photograph because I don’t have the patience to sit still in front of a mirror to paint myself.

I have since painted a few more but just to see how my portraiture techniques have changed with time.