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Label, Saks Gallery, Denver, CO

According to Virginia Couse Leavitt, “Couse was masterful at painting the human figure, both the anatomy and the flesh tones. The Turquoise Bead Driller is a classic Couse image in which the figure fills the picture space. His model, Jerry Mirabal from Taos Pueblo, is shown intently examining a bow drill with which he will drill holes in the chunks of turquoise sitting on the stone anvil in front of him. A great admirer of Indian craftsmanship, Couse often portrayed the Indian as an artist in his paintings. In this case, Couse has set his figure against a dark background. The strong light source coming from the right brings the figure to life and focuses attention on the face of the Indian who is absorbed in his work.”

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