Under the leadership of artistic director Molly Smith, Arena has commissioned some of the most award-winning work of the last decade. Staff art directors Maggie Boland and Ann Marie Czaban, along with Scott Mires and the folks at Mires+Ball design in San Diego, continue to commission great work, and are currently adding to the roster with Sterling Hundley and Raul Colon. In addition to mainstage shows, Arena commissions original work to promote some of its special events, including two Wine Auctions, the downstairs new play reading series, and the annual Arena Stage Benefit.
May 19th through June 17th, I'll be exhibiting these new paintings at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, as part "The Big Show", which brings together 50 artists from around the world working in a variety of media. There'll be an opening on Saturday, May 19th, from 4-8pm, so if you happen to be in the area, drop in.
TIME released its "100 Most Influential People" issue on Friday, and I was asked this year to create a portrait of Sonia Gandhi, the widow of Rajiv Gandhi and the powerbroker behind India's democratic government. It's always an honor and a challenge to be a part of. Over the years, I've been able to create portraits that mine a range of cultures and historical styles for the "100", so I thought I'd put a few of the past examples up as well.