Not much to say really. This was an unexpected reaction to a bad commission experience, I had a sudden urge to do something for me. Much reflection on my life as a painter ensued after this difficult episode and my first self portrait was the result.
If I'm asked what I do, after I have emphasised the words 'part-time' in describing my job in an art shop, I say "I'm a painter".
Not that there should be a need to prove these things, but this blog should help provide the evidence.