This is a portrait done based on a request. I have a real love-hate relationship with requests. I do like being asked to do someone’s portrait. But because I am not always complementary and my skills are much less polished than many of the artists in my community, I am asked much less often than others. Which is actually a relief in many ways. I am proud that I have produced a portrait for everyone who has asked — something that the more popular artists cannot say for many practical and inspirational reasons — so I do have that going for me.