Justin is a good friend of mine and I was very excited to paint him. We lived together in the same building in Northern Liberties where I made many good friends upon moving to Philadelphia. Knowing Justin and my other friends actually gave me one of the initial ideas to start a portrait project. At one point, I had wanted to paint all of my neighbors in my building who I knew, about 10 of them. And when I started this project, Justin was the first of them to step up so that meant a lot to me.