This project was completed over the course of a year with black and white acrylic paint on canvas. This piece is 7' x 5' and was commissioned by Atlanta lawyer Scott Masterson. This is the largest canvas I have ever stretched, and it proved to be a challenge, but thats why there's Youtube. From beginning to end, I painted this portrait upside down, starting from the chin and working to the forehead. Painting the portrait upside down allows the mind to disassociate the form that is being recreated from the shapes and values that created the form. Light creates shape, which is what ultimately relays the formation of the things we see, so I believe it is better to paint light's shape, instead of merely trying to recreate a form of which I am so familiar. Being so familiar with something tends to limit the creative ways of addressing and reproducing it. This piece along with others in my portfolio are inspired by world renowned artist Chuck Close, whom I admire greatly.