|This self-portrait, in particular, is rather extraordinary; a coming together of model, coloration, lighting, and style that is nearly worthy of Sargent.|
The work of a contemporary artist makes a rare appearance on my blog! I can't really find out anything about Jamin LeFave other than that he lives in Utah and, I believe, teaches in the art department at Utah Valley University. Most of his portrait work is very conservative and, honestly, I don't find it terribly interesting, but I think his self-portraits are really quite wonderful.
On his website, he posted three images that showed the subtle changes in a self-portrait - the one at the beginning of the post - as he was working on it: