Initially I painted self-portraits to confirm my own existence in the world. As my work evolves I increasingly use my body, nude or draped, more subjectively as "the model".
These self-portraits are painted from life. An elaborate set-up of mirrors in my studio allows me to view myself from behind, or in profile, much as one would in the fitting room of a clothing shop. By this method I am able to remove myself from 'the artist' and instead view a series of lines, colours, tones and form to create a 'painting' not solely a 'self'portrait'.
I embrace the intimacy of self-portraiture and, like a chapter in an autobiography, with each painting I attempt to tell the story of my life.