Jay Simeon has provided an artist statement about this self-portrait piece.
This panel is a personal piece that represents overcoming adversity. Whether it be personal problems otherwise, we all face challenges in life that we have to overcome. The red on the right side signifies Me in an abstract extended, modified U form, my eye looking upward. The hand, painted black, is my love for argillite. The yellow band represents a ray of sun or the hope that with will power and perseverance we can overcome anything that life throws at us.