I ended up creating my self-portrait centered around my catholic upbringing. Raphael’s putti in the bottom corners are representative of the painting my mother has had hanging in our homes for the past two decades. Michelangelo’s creation of Adam hands are inverted and wrapped around my neck and DaVinci’s Madonna with the carnation is below my eye. (Carnations were first believed to have appeared on Earth from the tears of the virgin- representing a mother’s undying love.) In latin, above the halo, reads, “Ignosce mihi, pater, quit peccavi” or “Forgive me, father, for I have sinned”. This statement begins the Catholic sacrament of Reconciliation (a mandatory exercise for children attending Catholic school). I’m happy with the final product, although now, I’d consider myself more agnostic, this project was kind of cathartic.