I wanted to continue exploring the idea I'd begun with "Radio" and had an idea for a variation on it. I wanted to do an oppressive cloudscape as a background, but didn't know what to put in the foreground as the focal point.
Around that time, Chris Conlon suggested that I do a "general impression" painting, i.e., a painting that would sum up my feelings about the theme of his stories — which I see as being about people who are brought up in dysfunctional, abusive circumstances, and how they deal with it throughout their lives. I immediately saw that his idea would dovetail nicely with my "cloudy skies" idea, and "Double Portrait" was born. —J.B.
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