This image both challenges the conventional view of a portrait but also reinforce it in that the sitters eyes, which many believe to hold the key to character, are visible behind their mask .
I deliberately provide no conventional cues as to the identity of the sitter, but there are a series of symbolic prompts from both western and eastern philosophies, which represent the hopes and desires that we would wish for both ourselves and for those we care about.
The Bird-represents freedom of thought and action.
The Flower-represents love and hope.
The Bee-represents creativity and hard work.
The Fish-represents abundance and wealth