In July, Alison Pratt visited the Studio and The Lobster Pot to interview me, for the premier Ridgefield Magazine. She did a great job on the article about my portraiture and the visit of Mrs.Ban Soon-taek, wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations.
The article came out in the September/October Issue. Many thanks to the delightful Alison for doing such a fine job and the kind Geoffrey Morris, the Editor in Chief and Publisher, of this dynamic magazine, for including my story.
Here is the article:
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In March, I was invited to an elegant dinner party in Redding, Ct. During the dinner, I had a conversation with Mieko Ikegame, a retired United Nations official, about the tradition of creating a Official portrait of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
I was shown a photo of Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of Ban Ki-moon, the current Secretary-General of the United Nations, and was inspired. I was inspired by Mrs. Ban's grace, serenity and kindness of visage. After researching more about Mrs. Ban, I learned how she has devoted her attention to women's and children's health, including autism, the elimination of violence against women, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
From that inspiration, I created a 18 x 14 oil on linen portrait.
On July 9th, I was able to present the unfinished portrait to Mrs. Ban. It was an great honor to have her visit the Studio to provide me with the extra details needed to finish the portrait.
On her visit to The Lobster Pot, Mrs. Ban was accompanied by the wife of the Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, the wife of the Korean Consular General to the United Nations and the former United Nations official, had brought us together.
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, oil on linen, 18 x 14