...is my husband, Alan. Whenever I need a subject to paint, he's willing--and he holds long poses without complaining. He tells me I'm a good artist, encourages me to work, helps me get ready for shows, and listens to me talk about colors and shadows and techniques and workshops. He cuts the mats and does the framing, photographs my work and loads the images into Photoshop. He helps and supports me in every possible way. July 19 is his birthday. Happy birthday, Al! I love you!