The dates are vague on some of these images but I am certain of the artist.
|Self-Portrait, graphite, 10" X 7 1/2", early1980's|
I'm always surprised when I take my first objective look at a newly completed self-portrait. I Often appear very serious and sometimes even angry. Anger has never been an emotion I bring to drawing or painting. (Some of my models might dispute this but what they are witnessing is more frustration than anger). I am intensely focused and this is probably what comes out in my expression.
|Self-Portrait, colored pencil, 10 1/2" X 8 1/2", 1995|
|Self-Portrait, oil on linen, 13" X 10", Winter 1999|
Below is a rare portrait where I caught a near smile. A forced smile almost always ends up looking plastic or fake. I remember catching this one fairly quickly.
|Self-Portrait, red colored pencil, 5 1/2" X 4 1/2", 1980's|
For a self-portrait to be successful it has to have an inner life that engages the viewer instantly. This actually applies to all art but is very obvious and direct in a portrait. It either has it or it doesn't.