This is a bust-length self-portrait. The sitter is dressed in a 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 renowned African-American artist of the nineteenth and early twentieth 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 paintings.