When I first played poker, I was learning the rules as I went along, which meant I had the perfect poker face. I looked just as blank if I had a good hand or a bad hand – because I had no idea which was which. The term ‘poker face’ inspired this painting. Apart from someone who has no idea what they’re doing, I figured that a skull would have the best possible poker face.
I’ve always had a morbid fascination with skulls, and painting one was a really interesting experience. You never really know what something truly looks like unless you try to paint it. You have to forget what it looks like in your mind and just focus on the shapes and colours in front of you. As soon as you can forget what you’re looking at, and just see it in shapes and colours, you can paint it.
I used this painting to create a design, which is now available to order on lots of things in my Redbubble shop.
You can also get the original painting here.