Jared Ailstock is a painter who has created a number of self-portraits using a wide range of media, including traditional painting, pastels, and 3D printing. In this painting, Ailstock depicts himself in an interiors setting. The painting's composition is based on an image he created using his small pocket camera. Unlike most artists who create self-portraits, Ailstock often paints himself outdoors in natural light. He also paints his paintings quickly, working without any preliminary sketches and relying on memory and the logic of composition to guide him. Ailstock prefers to work in oils because they are strong, flexible, and allow him to layer paint. However, he has also used other traditional media including egg tempera, charcoal, and pastel.