I've been doing a lot of self portraits lately. Most of them get wiped out or painted over. This is one I decided to keep. I've always had the most difficult time with paintings of myself in that there are two opposing forces at work. There is the painter in me trying to remain objective about the subject in the mirror, scrutinizing every aspect of my face. Then there is the less courageous/insecure part of myself being very subjective about what I see. It's a very humbling experience to look hard at one's self ...and even more humbling to look deep inside beyond the surface.