Jamesone's self-portrait reflects his professional success and status. He holds his palette and brushes while pointing to paintings, mainly portraits, on the wall behind. These include a landscape and seascape, and a large mythological painting identified as the 'Chastisement of Cupid'. Although Jamesone is not known to have painted such subjects, they do not seem to represent the work of another artist, and may be understood in relation to the still-life objects below. The hour glass, suit of armour and skull symbolise the transience of life. The implication may be that the painter (and his patrons) will live on through his work.