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"Rebecca Gabriel's book is a primary source for those interested in the medium of portraiture and in self-portraiture through the craft of oil painting. Her technical and formal expertise lends itself to an abundance of content, which suggests that painting as an expressive vehicle must first come to terms with painting as a formal language. Gabriel reverses the claim that feminism in art requires a contrary approach to the medium. In fact, the work of this artist does precisely the opposite. Her ingenuity in perceiving her subjects — including herself — depends on an ability to understand painting as a language. By understanding the personal aspects of this language, the artist is capable of projecting content in subtle and affective manner. I understand "A Woman's Journey" as being about a search for reality, an intimate reality that paining of this order makes possible.
—Robert C. Morgan, International and New York art critic for SCULPTURE MAGAZINE