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12”x12” oil on canvas panel. 2021-22

I had originally planned on adding facial hair but I found that I liked it better without the hair as it makes the subject appear a bit younger and more vulnerable.

The painting is based on a Lee Jeffries picture though I tweaked the colors and added/removed parts. Mr. Jeffries is well known for his photographs of people living on the fringes of society. His subjects are often homeless and/or addicts.

I find that a square canvas can be weird to work on. Either a picture is going to work perfectly with the shape, or it going to looks funky and forced, but with this one, it seemed to be the obvious and only choice.

The Dark Reminds Me of Dying

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