Fishbowl – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Seven of Diamonds
2000, oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 x 72”
Senator Clinton had her share of antagonists long before she became one of America’s most talked-about First Ladies. Hillary has been attacked for everything from her hairstyles to her ambition. Her story is not over yet.
Sometimes my ideas for paintings come in dreams; this one came in a particularly peculiar one. I was talking on an outdoor pay phone to Betty Ford discussing her portrait, when a fast-walking Hillary came purposely striding around the corner. I barely had time to shout over my shoulder, “Hey Hillary, how would you like your painting?” She replied, “Fishbowl.”