Michele Rushworth

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“I have to tell you I’m just blown away. It’s absolutely outstanding. You’ve just captured everything about Dr. Schiele. It’s her.” –Jan Burkey, Director of Development, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, referring to the portrait of Dr. Ann Schiele, President of Mt. Carmel Nursing College

“I wanted to call and tell you how pleased we are at the outcome…..I wanted to thank you….. I had a number of my colleagues in the house come up to me and say that it was the best, not one of the best but THE best portrait that they’d seen. We are very pleased.” Congressman Richard, “Doc” Hastings, Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee

“I did view the portrait first thing upon arrival in the office yesterday....It's magnificent! You have exceeded my exceptionally high expectations… I think it is your best work to date. You've made a simple sailor look dignified. Admiral Robert F. Papp, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

“This is a long overdue thank you for the handsome portrait. You have an incredible eye and captured well the beauty of the Suzzallo Library. I am always amazed by talent like yours.” Mark Emmert. President of the NCAA

“We want to thank you for the great portrait you painted of U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks and for sharing your amazing talent and hard work with us. The portrait truly is “splendid”, as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor predicted, and we could not be more pleased with the tribute to Judge Sparks.” Marcy Greer, President, Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter

“You did an excellent job. Oh my god! I’ve worked for General Schwartz for two years and that is absolutely him. I was blown away.” Ms. Oriella Goff, Director, Air Force Pentagon Protocol Office commenting on the official portrait of U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz

"Michele Rushworth [has a] clean style [and] produces realistic paintings rich with color." —Captured on Canvas, the Do's and Don'ts of Commissioning a Portrait, by Joanne Kaufman, December 2011, Barron's (a publication of the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones & Company)

"One of the most reputable professional portraitists today." —Steven Doherty, Editor and Publisher, American Artist Magazine, March 2010

"The portrait looks terrific. We are very pleased and you should be proud of your work." —Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of U.S. Coast Guard

"Michele has an amazing talent of making the people on her canvas come alive. I was so pleased and so touched by her portrait of me. She is not only a delightful person to work with, but made the entire process thoroughly pleasant and comfortable." —Governor of Washington State, Secretary of Commerce and Ambassador to China, Gary Locke

"We are very pleased with the two portraits Michele Rushworth painted for us. She is a pleasant and efficient person, as well as an excellent artist." —Donald Petersen, former CEO, Ford Motor Company

"Dear Michele, I enjoyed meeting you and I certainly did enjoy the painting that you created for Edgar Martinez. I thought it was magnificent. Hopefully there will be a time when you can do more work for Major League Baseball." —Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

"The portrait is just incredible. It looks like I'm about to step right out of the frame. You are immensely talented - a real genius! It's fantastic. I can't thank you enough!" —Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Rosemary DePaolo

"I spoke with [Clerk of the Court] Stephan Harris and Judge Downes at a gathering last week; they both told me how pleased they were with your portrait. Thank you again for your wonderful work." —Stuart Day, President, Wyoming Bar Association, regarding portrait of Justice William F. Downes, U.S. District Court

"Everyone is extremely pleased with the portrait. I appreciate all your hard work and the wonderful quality you exhibited in your painting. It's just phenomenal. We're very, very pleased." —Governor Kenny C. Guinn, Nevada

"I remain in awe of your talent. Your portrait of me is a stunning, lifelike work of art and beauty. When I first saw it I felt as though I were looking at a mirror, not only of my external self but also the internal me." —Dean Melissa Essary, Campbell University Law School

"The portrait is just wonderful, Michele. I can't thank you enough." —Gerard Schwarz, Conductor, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"After a search that lasted several years, I selected Michele Rushworth as my artist, because of her obvious talent, ability and creativity. I highly recommend her work." —Dean Patrick Hetrick, Campbell University Law School

"The portrait has received many favorable comments, including one from a friend who stated that it brought tears to her eyes. Thank you for the professional and collegial manner in which the portrait was planned and completed. Your work is truly a joy for the eye." —Alan B. Johnson, U.S. District Judge

"This is a portrait that I am very proud of and exceedingly pleased with. It says exactly what I wanted it to say. I cannot imagine anyone producing a better pictorial image of my "legacy."—Governor Jim Gibbons, Nevada

"The painting looks terrific. Wow-it really came out great! —Pastor Auvo Naukkarinen, Finnish Lutheran Church, Helsinki

"The whole process, including the final product, so to speak, was just wonderful. It was terrific working with you as well." —Horatio Aldredge, President, Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter, in reference to portrait of Justice Sam Sparks, U.S. District Judge

"A beautiful job, Michele." —Governor James Geringer, Wyoming

"The portrait was unveiled yesterday at the Federal Court of Appeals and everyone loved it, including my wife and me. We would not change a stroke in it. My family and I thank you for all you did. You have a gift to be treasured." —Norman Zoller, 11th Federal Circuit Court, Atlanta, Georgia

"The portrait is truly excellent. I don't know how it could have been done any better. I am very grateful to you and am delighted with it." —Dean Willis Whichard, Campbell University Law School

"This is something that my entire family is going to cherish forever. It's beautiful, thank you so much. Having this portrait has comforted me like nothing else. It is warm and gentle and captures all that he was about as a fireman." —Suzanne Oelschlager, widow of 9/11 Firefighter Doug Oelschlager

"I was blown away...I couldn't be happier." —Governor Michael Sullivan, Wyoming

"We had a wonderful retirement dinner last week with a formal unveiling of the portrait. Angie and I visited the office yesterday to see the portrait in the board room and the general consensus is that you did a fabulous job!" —Brian Harker, CEO, Alliance One International

"From our first meeting to the installation of our portrait, the process was pure pleasure for us. Your understanding of the particular circumstances, of our characters, and of the delicate balance needed in presenting our art form on canvas were both reassuring and impressive to us. We expected the high level of skill for which you are known but did not anticipate how beautifully your imagination and your intuition would work together. But no matter how good the working relationship, in the end what counts is the painting itself and this one is a beauty, Michele! Many of our artists and staff have written and called recently to tell us they look at the portrait several times every day and have the sense that we are still with them. What better proof could there be that your work has achieved, or rather surpassed, the original goal of maintaining our presence at Pacific Northwest Ballet. We are very grateful to you, Michele. Working with you was a pleasure, an experience we would recommend to others with the greatest enthusiasm. With best regards from both of us, —Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Artistic Directors, Pacific Northwest Ballet
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