Art creation for me has always been a very introspective process. Being a human is a surprisingly complex thing, and I think knowing yourself is a big part of finding your place in the world. It’s something I explore a lot in my art. (I don’t make many self portraits, but the theme of self-examination is prevalent in most of the art I’ve made.)
The portraits you’ll see below span 10 years of my life. It’s interesting to see what self-perceptions have changed, and what have stayed the same.
Oil pastel self portrait (age 16)
Oil pastels were a new, exciting medium for me when I created this portrait. I’d just started developing an approach to depicting light and shadow in a way that became more central to my style as a whole.