A palette knife with Cadmium red paint makes an interesting metaphorical self-portrait.
This particular piece is a quintessential example of atmospheric still life painting. The abstracted quality of the layered paint marks, scumbles and scrapes within the negative space, communicate both "timelessness and agelessness". The evidence of the painterly process, coupled with lost and found edges, and warm against cool atmospheric tonal passages, evoke a sensation of transition, mirroring the profound nature of "mother nature". As I explain to my own students, it is impossible for humans to completely focus their attention equally on the edges that enclose forms, and make time stand still like a camera is able to do. The space that surrounds us is in constant flux. One can only focus on the specifics of a part of a form, while their peripheral vision perceives the rest as a blur. Try this and you will see for the first time.