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self-portrait by Portland artist Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
Messy
2009
acrylic on panel
7 x 5 inches

I paint a lot of self-portraits and, early on in my career, I worried that my obsessive self-portraying was vanity. I even took a two year break from it just to be sure that I could. These days, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that my self-portraits make me a better human being, but I do know that they don’t make me anymore egotistical than the next person. Portraiture can be an indicator of self-love, but not all self-love is a bad thing.

To learn more about the making of this portrait, check out this article on my blog.