I started this portrait as an oil painting when we were living in Albania 3 years ago. I decided to recreate and finish it on my iPad over the weekend. I bought this shirt in Greece and thought I’d use it in my portrait. Picasso is one of my favorite artists and I love how solid and simple he would paint some of his portraits. I probably had this one in mind in particular while creating this piece.
I feel more free to be creative when I create a self-portrait because I’m not worried about making myself look ugly or silly. I’m just pushing my creativity with color and form to see where it takes me. This looks like something a kid might create, which pleases me.