This image was painted from direct observation during a 2.5 hour figure drawing session at California State University Long Beach on March 25, 2008. At the end of the session I was the only artist in the room who had finished their study. As my first nude male study, it is a personal hallmark of validating my own skill as an artist. I am a fast worker, but my ability is built upon a lifetime of study and devotion to the painted image. Once I have created an artwork satisfactory to my own standards, it is rare that I will create another image quite like it again.