Marc was first introduced to me as a potential participant in one of the annual Changing Faces debates hosted during my tenure as President of the RP. I undertook painting him in order to investigate how painted and drawn portraits mediate personality and appearance. The debate also looked that the work of artists Daphne Todd and Brendan Kelly who have produced portraits with similar concerns. It was felt that the gaze of the artist in hand with an interpretive drawing and painting language was able to offer insight to character and condition where photography merely depicts. It was also agreed that in situations where an individual might have a pronounced facial difference painted portraits facilitate greater understanding by allowing the viewer permission to stare.