He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.
If you look at the left-hand side of it there's a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.
…hate the portrait. They want it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. They're putting a lot of pressure on them.
A much-recognized American artist, Shanks’ list of famous portrait subjects include everyone from Ronald Reagan to Pope John Paul II, but he’s most known for his painting of Princess Diana, which is today displayed in her family home.