Self Portrait, oil pastels on paper, 12 x 18 inches, 1982.
M Y A R T — It's so interesting for me to go back and look at my earlier pieces of art. When I was working on stuff like this all those decades ago, each piece was random to me. I've worked on perhaps one hundred self portraits, in all sorts of mediums. I've done hundreds, if not thousands of doodles and sketchs and paintings of varied subjects. For each one, I only thought about that singular piece as I was working. I never gave a thought to any sort of overriding "arc" of work, or any sort of grand scheme. When I look at these early pieces though, I can see the nascent elements of my current art—repetitive graphic elements, check; a rainbow of colors used in odd ways, check; well-cropped subjects, check.