February 2, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 5

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Medical illustrator David Baker's painting hangs in White House

"Good Morning America" viewers and New York Times readers now know that President Bush and his family took a painting of their twin daughters with them to the White House. What they don't know is that it was painted right here in San Antonio by Health Science Center medical illustrator David Baker, of graphic services.

Baker took on the freelance project many months ago and made several visits to the governor's mansion in Austin with former university photographer Angela Benavides Bartels. They worked closely with Mrs. Bush and the twins, Jenna and Barbara, to compose and take several photographs for Baker to use as a starting point. He then produced the large oil painting that now resides in Washington, D.C.

"It's a realistic, near life-size portrait that was originally envisioned for the ranch, but when President Bush was elected, Mrs. Bush decided to take it with them to D.C.," says Baker, who has been with the Health Science Center for five years.

Although he now rarely does such freelance work, Baker spent several years as a figurative painter in Dallas prior to completing the graduate medical illustration program at U. T. Southwestern Medical Center there.