"Lady in Grey" - my largest self-portrait to date! This piece was displayed in one of the yearly competitions in the art building, and I believe I painted it in grey because the art store was giving away free tubes of Payne's Gray oil paint.
While it was painted on a whim (as was most of my art in college, it took a while for me to learn to plan well), it was an excellent study for capturing light, form, expression, and mood with a single color - something I use to this day.
These early paintings, while a little difficult for me to share now because the skill level isn't quite where I'd want, are so important for telling the story of this artistic journey. No matter where you are on your own journey, just start where you are and keep going.
Oil on canvas, 20x24", unframed