Description Terry is an associate professor of education at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and a tireless arts advocate, voracious reader, heroic teacher, and beloved friend. When I was an art teacher in northern Illinois, he was my principal, and our many hilarious conversations about everything under the sun were (and are) good for my soul. Books are one of my favorite things to paint, and they line the walls of Terry's sunlit dining room, which became an ideal setting for a portrait. Terry's cat Truman watched from a distance as my husband and I took reference photos. Later we coaxed him into modeling for us as well, but only for about a minute, as Truman had many things to do that day. Through the magic of painting, he now appears at his master's side, his eyes addressing the viewer as if to say, 'Interrupting this man's reading is unacceptable. If you have anything to say to him, you'll have to come through me first. Or something along those lines. I think there are around 200 books in this painting. I stopped counting at 135, and that was when I was nowhere near being done. Terry's books are more organized than most, but not maniacally so. I like that he displays photos and souvenirs on the shelf, and papers and magazines lie across some of the books. One shelf is devoted to new concepts in education while another boasts at least ten philosophy titles, but the majority of Terry's books here are novels. I enjoyed painting Penguin's logo over and over again (sort of) along with some of the more artistic spines, such as Underworld by Don DeLillo. Believe me; what you see here is the tip of Terry's literary iceberg.