When I saw the unexpected combination
of white shirt, tie and racquet, I knew it was symbolically correct
to describe the last chapter of Arthur Ashe's life - on the lecture
circuit to promote the causes in which he believed, in a hurry, yet
serene, always supported by the acclaim from his tennis days. Further,
the design I chose for the painting is squared up - straight on - direct
- like Arthur Ashe. It is the portrait of a gentleman.