The One You Feed

The one you feedAn old man is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Rachael Rossman



viewArt orders are painfully slow right now. Like molasses. In fact, I have no new orders on the books – at all. So I’m using the down time to work on some personal art projects and try to figure out a way to keep a little income coming in when things are slow.

So, here’s my Zazzle store!

I’m adding products all the time and if you have a special request please email me. I don’t set the prices (Zazzle does) but I also am blissfully uninvolved in the production process. Within the next 24 hours you’ll see some notecards, postage stamps, a snow globe, dog shirts and even a fish tie (Father’s Day?)

I’m keeping it funky.

Rachael Rossman



I often post progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Sometimes it’s fun to see how the paintings progress from blank sheet to finished product.
Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier



Rachael Rossman


Art Class

DSC_0932I’ve started something a little new – art class for kids. Every week, I’ve been gathering a tiny group of middle-schoolers (largely my kids and my niece and nephew with the occasional buddy) and teaching them art fundamentals in my studio. It’s an idea that I’ve toyed with for awhile but wasn’t sure how it would go. I have a thing about people in my space in that I get little frantic cleaning and prepping for their arrival. And then there’s the idea that I’d have to come up with lesson plans and new projects to keep the kids interested. Kids who are used to the pace of video games and iPhones – would they dig an art class taught by somebody’s mom?


Well, it turns out they do. So I’m ready to open it up to other people in the Salem area.

If you’re interested in your child attending art class, drop me an email and we’ll get you in! Classes are one hour, once a week and $10/child. Someone also suggested that I do parties so if you have something in mind, let’s chat. The classes will be in my studio in Salem, Oregon until we outgrow it.


I’m teaching drawing fundamentals (drawing what you see, positive/negative space, perspective, dimension) and we always have at least one warm-up exercise (like drawing from an upside down photo) and one project (like drawing anatomical hearts for Valentine’s Day.) The kids have fun. Sometimes we have snacks and sometimes the moms get a Bloody Mary.

Just sayin’.



Rachael Rossman


2015 (er..2016) Kickoff!

I’m making a new calendar! It’s been a few years since my last one and due to popular demand I’ve decided to do it again. You can commission a new portrait to be included in the calendar (at regular portrait prices, so the calendar part is basically free) OR you can have a previously-painted portrait included in the calendar! Portraits can be of any subject, man or beast.

Here’s what my last one looked like.


I’m really excited to kick off the new year with a new project. I hope you’ll be a part of it! You can click here for more details or on the Calendar of Man and Beast widget over there –>.

Let’s do this!

Rachael Rossman