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In this essay I discuss the influences in my life that led me to focus on portrayals of masculinity for my SIP. The process of creating the body of work with acrylic on canvas is examined through the narrative story of my family, experiences, and my painting process. The SIP series officially includes the paintings Austen, Joel, David, and Jonah, although it is just the beginning of an ongoing project. My artistic influences and inspirations are also mentioned in order to create a conversation between my work and that of others. Gender theory and Feminist theory are used to construct and analyze meaning though these pieces to generate a commentary on masculinity in American society, and to expand upon the meaning of masculinity.