Oil on canvas 20 x 12 inches
About the picture
Every artist paints the occasional self-portrait and this is a great way to learn how to paint portraits.
When I painted this I was less worldly than I am now. I was still an idealistic socialist, before I lapsed into liberalism. My favourite painter was Van Gogh. I don't listen to the Sex Pistols much now. I still like football. I still play guitar.
I have more regular haircuts than when I looked in the mirror to make this picture.
The fish is a prehistoric fish, palaeontology being something that has always fascinated me. The whale represents my continuing belief that we have a duty to preseve the natural world.
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