This is a portrait of my mother, Maxine Rader. The drawing has a notation that she’s conversing with my “off-camera” husband, Richard Rangel. He and I were visiting my family in Alaska for the 2013 Xmas holiday.
My choice of words (“off camera”) is interesting (to me, at any rate). I stopped bringing a camera with me on vacations about 10 years ago, even before I got a smart phone. I realized that if I didn’t care enough about something to draw it, there was no point in taking a picture of it. I hardly ever take photos with my smart phone, and am so unpracticed that, when I try, it doesn’t go well at first, so I usually miss out on the event I wanted to snap.