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Most people who have had an art history class from college can look at my art and tell I am a big fan of Matisse. He used bright colors in all of his work, and so do I for the most part. Matisse has a number of portraits, some such as his wife ("The Green Line"), his artist-colleague Andre Derain, and a series of paintings depicting "Odalisque" women.

I painted "Matisse's Algerian Woman" on a 20 X 20 gallery canvas, using acrylic paints and pumice.