“This portrait was commissioned to grace the cover of the first redesigned issue of The Saturday Evening Post and to accompany an interview with Shirley MacLaine. A few things from the interview stood out for me: Shirley’s positive attitude, her infinite curiosity of the many facets of life, and her sense of humour, especially her ability to laugh at herself. I was aiming to depict a timeless representation of Ms. MacLean, and to reference her recent appearance on Downton Abbey. While drawing the teacup, I had the idea of adding a twist to the teacup; a subtle reference to her remarks in her book “Out on a Limb” on past lives, alien communication, etc. My intent was to depict her laughing at this in jest.”
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