Last month, I was assigned to paint a portrait of Diane von Furstenberg when she was honored at the Kennedy Center for

My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?” — Diane von Furstenberg

I also painted my good friend Diane — who, at 75, is the oldest of my female friends. Diane used to be a model and is still very beautiful. Last summer, I sat with her at her pool as our dogs played. I was struck by the light and shadows. Imagining what a cool painting it could become, I asked her to sit in the light so I could take a photo. She said, “No way! I’m in my robe and look like shit!”

I waited a bit before replying, “You’re going to be sorry one day that you said no to me. You know. If I get famous or something.”