Self Portrait

A portrait attempts to reveal some truth about a person, and uncovering this can be a difficult and sometimes precarious process. Self portraits are even more challenging as one's self image is often far removed from the reality of others. I rarely present people in my work unless invited, although when I do the experience is always illuminating.

As this self portrait began to emerge I journeyed through many states of being: concern and surprise that this could be me; unease as I do not routinely share images of myself; loss in that I feel far younger than this outer shell conveys; and eventually a sense of acceptance that the years have left something of my life on this surface I call myself.

Despite my doubt that any good would come from this, I made peace with this face that continues to seem so very different than the one that gazes back at me through the looking glass...