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