This thesis paper was written to provide background information to "Why Say It Again, Why Say It Again", my thesis exhibition at the Dewberry Gallery of SCAD from March 9-23, 2012. Through an explanation of the theoretical, technical, and Art Historical aspects of my painting, this paper describes the ideas that went into my artwork as a whole and how they relate to individual paintings. I have found that the act of painting supplements my research as a way for me to carry out the ideas that refine my understanding of realism in Western Art. The portraits that I paint involve a process of distortion that is a product of my perception translated through the medium of paint. My paintings create identities that are completely unrealistic and are often unrecognizable. Finally, painting is an act of constructing and concealing the identities of the people that I paint and my own.