Self Portrait – Artista Eli – 2013

This ‘Self Portrait’ is a semi expressionist work of my artist ‘alter ego’. I have painted brushes (and other items) as my fingernails to show my experience of painting and all my favourite equipment, which I usually use to create my paintings. I have also used those items to create parts of the areas around them. I usually paint in my dressing gown, as night time is really the only time I have have free to paint. I have painted a heart handcuffed to my wrist as when I paint, it is the only time I feel free to honestly express myself. I have also depicted my neck as if it is really old and decaying, as I am very aware that I have a limited amount of time to produce art and indeed a limited amount of time left to live.