Cornell, Theresa Woody-Rhodes Interview, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, April 1986

One of the images in the painting that I am most pleased with and I think has importance, is the image of the father with the two children. If you look through Western art, it is always the Virgin and the Child and the father is always distant; even in the famous Michelangelo Sistine Chapel image, they are almost touching…The issue now is perhaps to have men touching children, and sons, and it relieves them from having to be the distant warrior always, and maybe the issue of a father embracing the son is a critique of the past and an opportunity for the present, that is really quite thrilling.