About the painting: Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-up Collar was painted in 1659. In his life, he painted over 40 self-portraits, making him for me, the master of this type of painting. In copying it, I found the physiological aspect the hardest to recreate. Rembrandt painted this portrait after suffering severe financial failure and capturing the suffering in his deep-set eyes was not easy as you need to feel it in order to recreate it successfully. I had to step into the artist’s shoes and stare deep into his soul to channel the stresses and strains that he suffered. On completion of this painting, I was exhausted but I also felt a great sense of satisfaction.