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Self Portrait No 3

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Self Portrait No 3. Oil on Canvas. 53.5cm x 42cm, framed. In private collection, USA.

Selected for the inaugural exhibition of the DAVY Portrait Awards in Belfast and Dublin, 2008. The painting is really about looking, about how when you look intently at someone or something, everything else seems to go out of focus. The other important aspect is trying to keep faithful to the process of painting, while slowly tightening the definition of the image. I placed the postcards behind me on the wall, to serve as specific reference points.