Derrick Dexter copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Derrick Dexter. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1996. 14″ x 11″

Chair of the English Department, cousin to Debbie, Moolka, and Lisa Melinda, and refugee from Waxtor Carnationist College
Jipo Jarg Reconsidered copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Jipo Jarg Reconsidered. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1997. 14″ x 11″

Vice President for Academic Affairs, member of the ruling circle of Overcrons, Derrick’s wife, disinherited heiress to the Jarg family’s oil fortune
Himal Steina copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Himal Steina. Oil pastel on paper, 1996. 14″ x 11″

New Writer in Residence who’s immediately and inexplicably appointed an Overcron
Moolka Waxtor copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Moolka Waxtor. Pencil on mat board, 2015. 16” x 12”

Writer in Residence, sister to Debbie, cousin to Derrick and his anima; chosen as the Healer Overcron
Alfred Moid Burlcron copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Alfred Moid Burlcron. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1996. 14″ x 11″

Director of the Soul Institute, former bestselling novelist, tall, gaunt, handsome, and sallow
Mitar Curtal Burlcron copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Mitar Curtal Burlcron. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1997. 14″ x 11″

Son of Alfred and Debbie, younger brother of Lisa Melinda, ninth grader at Faller Junior High and JFK Assassination Librarian at the Glouair Library
Rhea Secovenge (Before the Transformation) Rhea Secovenge (Before the Transformation). Permanent marker on glossy photo paper, digitally colorized, 2016. 8.5” x 5.5”

Eighth grader at Faller Junior High, Paint Snigger, writes poetry, daughter of the mayor of Linstar; her mother is a Daughter of the Republic of Texas, and so is Rhea herself. This portrait shows her before her adventures with Mitar. B&W Before | B&W During | B&W After
Lisa Melinda Burlcron copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Lisa Melinda Burlcron. Ink and silver enamel paint on wood, colorized image file, 2015. 11.25” x 4.75”

Soul Institute freshman, daughter of Alfred and Debbie, in love with Derrick
Dorrington Caldwell copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Dorrington Caldwell. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 2015. 12” x 9”

Soul Institute sophomore, guitarist, songwriter, and poet, dumped by Lisa Melinda Burlcron
Angent Tunn copyright 2016 by Michael D. Smith Angent Tunn. Ink, colored pencil, and gouache on canvas-covered board, 2016. 6″ x 6″

Ninth grader at Faller Junior High, Leader of the Paint Sniffing Gang, malicious yet noble leader who keeps everyone riled up; six feet tall, scruffy in his leather jacket with torn off sleeves, a cross between a Viking and a Comanche
Alice Plollio copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Alice Plollio. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1997. 14″ x 11″

Mitar’s Faller Junior High art teacher
Fannin Richardson copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Fannin Richardson. Oil pastel on canvas-covered board, 1996. 18″ x 14″

Chair of the Art Department, passionate but distant, coming off distastefully to many; secretly in love with Debbie Burlcron
Debbie Burlcron copyright 1998 by Michael D. Smith Debbie Burlcron. Linoleum block printing ink, pen and ink, oil pastel on paper, 1998. 14″ x 11″

Alfred’s wife and Moolka’s sister, former nude model; works for TSI Press
Felicia McKinnon copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Felicia McKinnon. Oil pastel on paper, 1996. 12″ x 9″

Senior Editor at TSI Press, wife of Greg McKinnon, and Derrick’s former lover
Solis Waxtor copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Solis Waxtor. Pen and ink, oil pastel on plywood, 1997. 8″ x 6″

Former Waxtor Carnationist College president who lost the Waxtor fortune; later became a mercenary in Africa, and finally went into spiritual exile
Seveta Stroen copyright 2015 by Michael D. Smith Seveta Stroen. Pencil on paper, 2015. 7” x 5”

Lisa’s friend from Linstar High; now attending Yale as a freshman; buxom, long blond hair, sensuous face, brown eyes, direct, brilliant, prone to anger
Holcombe Charmouth copyright 1996 by Michael D. Smith Holcombe Charmouth. Ink on paper, 1996. 6.5″ x 6″

Vice President for Coordination, but not one of the ruling circle of Overcrons; expected to run things efficiently while Burlcron keeps him out of the loop
Tuttle Chael Borgenfoen copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Tuttle Chael Borgenfoen. Ink on paper, 1997. 9” x 8”

Chair of TSI Languages, Overcron, German professor from Munich, races boats, once conducted symphonies, wrote an opera, broke up with Moolka three years ago. This image shows his scary side, but he has others.
Bryan Larson copyright 1998 by Michael D. Smith Bryan Larson. Ink and oil pastel on paper, 1998. 14” x 11”

Linstar police officer and homicide investigator
Mal Rumson copyright 1998 by Michael D. Smith Mal Rumson. Pencil on paper, 1998. 14” x 11”

Soul Institute sophomore, Dorrington’s roommate, bass player in the band Rumson, Caldwell and Spon
Boots Emerson copyright 1998 by Michael D. Smith Boots Emerson (and the Fantasies She Engenders). Ink and colored pencil on paper, 1998. 14” x 11”

Wife of Don Emerson and co-owner of Emerson’s Vast Hotel restaurant, combination hippie earth mother and Texas gal
Original TSI Map as Aerial View copyright 1998 by Michael D. Smith Original TSI Map as Aerial View. Crayon on photocopy of original TSI map, 1996. 8.5” x 9.5”

Original map had south at the top of the page. Several street names have changed during novel revisions.
The Soul Institute Tarot Card copyright 2004-2015 by Michael D. Smith The Soul Institute Tarot Card. Ink on card, scanned and colorized, 2004-2015. 4.75” x 2.75”
Recurring Dream - The Soul Institute copyright 1997 by Michael D. Smith Recurring Dream – The Soul Institute. Oil on canvas, 1997. 19″ x 50″

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