Courtesy of Adrienne Lewis

Adrienne Lewis painted this portrait of Hillary Clinton for HillaryPAC, which is urging Clinton to run for president again in 2016.

The Buzz: California artist chosen to paint Hillary Clinton portrait

Published: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 - 12:22 am

During his first campaign for president, Barack Obama sparked a lucrative cottage industry of artists who depicted the first black commander in chief in various forms, none more recognizable than Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster.

Now, supporters hoping to convince Hillary Clinton to again run for president are tapping artists to help build support for another candidacy. Adrienne Lewis, a former Sacramento nurse with a bold painting style, was selected to fashion a portrait of Clinton by HillaryPAC, one of the groups urging the former secretary of state and first lady to run.

Lewis called her portrait a message of “strength” and “hope” for a future of moderation in politics. Clinton is depicted as president, she said, “powerful, bold, and facing the future with a triumphant glow.”

“Like so many others, I believe it is time for a curious and empathetic woman’s voice to be heard in a country that is poised to benefit from the leadership of a critical thinker,” Lewis said.

Lewis was discovered by HillaryPAC after her friends posted one of her paintings to Reddit. She is the fifth artist chosen by the group.

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