This is a bust-lenght self-portrait. The sitter is dressed ina blue, open-collar shirt, with red suspenders. He faces three-quarters to the right, and his gaze is directed away from the viewer. Thrash's palette of blues and purples echoes the colors used by Tanner, America's most accomplished and reowned African-American artist of the nineteenth and early twenttieth centuries. When the Pyramid Club commenced its series of annual art exhibitions in 1941, Tanner was the featured artist. Thrash also participated in that exhibition, and would have had ample opportunity to study Tanner's psontings.