I gave myself less than six hours to produce this self portrait. The exercise was in preparation for Sky Arts "Portrait Painter of the Year" Sadly my application was turned down and I after watching the series I can understand why. Many of the successful applicants forwarded brilliant pictures but most were the result of days , if not months, of application. When it came to the competition a vast majority were struggling to complete their paintings within he time limits. I do appear somewhat severe in this work , which is not my normal demeanor, but it is difficult to maintain a smile for six hours.
acrylics on canvas