Rackstraw Downes (born 1939) is a British-born American realist painter and author. His oil paintings are known for their details about the months of plein-air sessions. His drawings usually show industry and the environment background. Downs lives in Midland, Texas, but was originally from Maine and Connecticut.
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- "He like jam-ups of culture and nature, where practical human uses overlap with indifferent geology and shaggy flora--he is the bard of weeds." Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, quoted by Schwartz, Sanford; Storr, Robert, and Downes, Rackstraw. Rackstraw Downes. Princeton University Press, April 2005.