Selves in Portrait

Like the art of journal-keeping, the art of the self-portrait is a time-honoured way of following the sense we have of our Self over time. Generally speaking, they are not about narcissism or pathological self-love or self-obsession. Rather, the art of the self portrait is about attention to the many ways we exist in the world and as such, is a meditation on identity. Pathological narcissism (WARNING : shrink talk imminent) is about creating a defensive carapace that tries toRead more

Painting Iconic Ages

Us abstractionists are always looking for more projects to take on. The other day I wrote about “painting a book”, that is, capturing the atmosphere of a book in a mix of color and forms. This project is about delving deep into personal memory in an attempt to paint certain ages of significance. The process is the point, yet again.Read more


Self portraits are a very old subject matter for painters. What should be understood is that most are not about rabid narcissism. They are really a form of self-confrontation, or an attempt to properly see and capture who that person is you carry around with you day to day. They are also a form of self-revealing, a way to throw off the defensive layers we also wear on a daily basis, to reveal the naked truth of one’s identity. IRead more