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The Terence Soall Commission 2007

In January 2007 Robert Devcic Director and Founder of GV Art (http://www.gvart.co.uk) commissioned Rachel to create a painting about the much respected actor Terence Soall. A battered wooden trunk arrived at Rachel's studio crammed with, papers, photos, letters, souvenirs and memorabilia relating to Terence Soall's life and a year long adventure began.

From that starting point an exciting relationship unfolded. Rachel had not had the good fortune to meet Terry while he was alive but during 2007 Rachel unraveled all the wonderful aspects that characterized Terence's personality enabling her to create a rich theatrical painting enbedded with personal items and detail that are so much a characteristic of Rachel's work. Reading through the hundreds of letters that Terry wrote during his life to friends and family, and from photographs and the diaries Terry kept throughout his life as a journalist, actor and amateur artist, Rachel came to admire Terence enormously and feels very privileged to have been able to get to know such a remarkable man.

This has been one of the most exciting commissions Rachel has worked on and she feels very honored to have been able to create an artistic legacy of the special person that Terence became to all his many friends, family and admirers.

The painting was unveiled in front of an audience of friends and family at the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital on the 21st february 2008.