Bryant B. Brooks, Governor from 1905 to 1911
Lester C. Hunt, Governor from 1943 to 1949
Rushworth's remarks at the unveiling of her Portraits of
former Wyoming Governors Bryant B. Brooks and Lester C. Hunt:
"It's a great honor to be here and to have two more of
my paintings added to the collection of governors portraits
for the state of Wyoming. I'm humbled by the knowledge that
they will become part of the state historical record and be
preserved for years to come.
I enjoyed working with Renee Bovee of the department of Cultural
Resources, along with Shelly Trumbull and Elise Chadwick ,
descendants of governors Brooks and Hunt. They were so helpful
in providing additional reference photos, and in the case
of Governor Brooks, even a copy of his autobiography.
It's always an extra challenge working on posthumous portraits,
especially ones from so long ago when few photos are available
and those are only in black and white. It's also very interesting,
though, because researching and painting the portraits helps
me learn about how their lives were different from ours, in
the eras when they lived.
In my portrait process I researched the backgrounds of these
two governors extensively, found additional reference material
online and in books. For Governor Brooks's portrait I researched
Edwardian era office furniture and clothing and had a model
pose in a suit that I rented from a historical costumer. I
spoke to the governors' family members about eye color and
hair color and pulled it all together to create the paintings
you see here.
The whole process was a great honor and a pleasure and I thank
the Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources
for giving me the opportunity to create these portraits."