Oil on canvas. Size 15"1/2 × 19″1/2
It’s a self-portrait, I painted in 1996. I tried to imagine how I look in 30 years.
Some friends say I painted my soul……………….

“Me and my Straw Hat” was featured in the group: 1 on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture.

In the group “oil painting” this painting won 10th place in the challenge “portrait”.


  • Paul Thompson
    Paul Thompsonover 6 years ago

    Very lovely image Kim. You have a lovely soul! ;-) Well done.

  • Kim Bender
    Kim Benderover 6 years ago

    Hi Paul thanks a lot for your nice comments!

  • Arie
    Arieover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait of a gorgeous lady, now or in 18 years.

  • George  Link
    George Linkover 6 years ago

    Excellent portrait! Very powerful

  • Kim Bender
    Kim Benderover 6 years ago

    Thank you for your nice comment Arie. ……………..18 years left that’s almost 1/2 time…………..I better have another look in the mirror and see where I am standing…………well, getting closer……………….HAHAHAHA!!!!

  • sabet
    sabetover 6 years ago

    I really love this piece. You are amazing. would love to have you as a part of my illustration community on http://www.sabet.tv

  • Thanks Sabet, I will check your webside out.

    – Kim Bender

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetover 6 years ago

    Lovely shapes and muted tones

  • jaymichelsen
    jaymichelsenover 6 years ago

    Well done, even here one can see your love for flowers. Congratulations on the feature.

  • Mundy Hackett
    Mundy Hackettover 6 years ago


  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayover 6 years ago

    Wow! cant think of anything original to add, so I will add a heart felt here, here!

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