Although my efforts are still exploratory, I am passionate about sculpture and was thrilled to audit such a class in graduate school. Early in my painting career I didn't have frequent access to a live model. As a solution, I sculpted small heads from my own likeness and used them as reference for my figurative paintings. Some years ago I sculpted this clay self portrait from life while looking in several mirrors. Because the head measures just 2.25" in height, I chose to simplify form and detail. If I were to continue with the figure, I'd further build up the clavicle and other anatomical landmarks. Sculpting has made me a better painter with a heightened awareness of form and modeling in my 2-D work.