The piece hangs in a wall at work, along side with other of my paintings. It hangs high above the racks and shelves of oil paint and mediums, and even though this is a large portrait most of the paint application can't be seen with clarity from the sales floor. The most obvious thing people seem to comment on is the shirt.
I am proud of the shirt but I wish most could see up close the flesh areas of the face and the right arm. After putting on so many layers through the years I started building a good surface, the painterly element I always want to achieve. It was never easy, after a while the surface in the face became so smooth and glossy it was almost impossible to keep adding paint on top. Paint didn't want to stick, a frustrating thing to deal with. But I kept on painting and after a while the build up was more apparent. Is it a breathtaking portrait? Maybe not, but it is a big step for me and I'm happy with the outcome.