Exploration of Self

Several months ago, I decided to paint a self-portrait. Over the years, I attempted several self-portraits that produced mixed results. Consequently, I have kept only one painting bearing my likeness (pictured top). This time, I planned to attempt a portrait, borrowing the composition from one of the masters. My latest effort is therefore based off Jan Vermeer's "Georgrapher" (bottom).

Initially, I was concerned with learning the delicate glazing techniques that Vermeer was known for. As the painting progressed, my path changed course. I diverted from learning Vermeer's glazing and focused on developing and fine-tuning the characteristics that make up a "Jared Steinberg" painting. I think the end result produced my best self-portrait to date that I'm proud to display (center).