Theses self portraits are painted from life. Sometimes that also means from memory, from dreams, or from feelings too. I start with the face, when either the light or my hair seem particularly interesting that day. Then the story begins to unfold and I will add elements from life, or from my mind. The more I paint this face, the more this has become a kind of diary of technique, mood, and empowerment. No where else can I move through life the way I can when I am painting. But I wish I could.