As any man can tell you, there’s such a thing as “too soon.”
In 2004, while I was working at Lehman Brothers, a colleague introduced me to a bartending artist who specialized in portraits of his bar’s customers. The artist also did a huge, action-packed painting of the traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for one of his Wall Street-employed customers. The art was so detailed and true-to-life that every woman who saw it, including me, demanded to know the name of the company that employed the gorgeous guy in the lower left corner of the painting. (Out of intellectual curiosity only, of course.) If I remember correctly, the NYSE said it was the first time it had allowed someone to come in and take photographs for such a project. I thought this would be a cute little story for my acquaintances at a business-oriented publication, but no one there shared my enthusiasm.
Five years later, the painting bartender’s work has hit the front page of the New York Times. Many congratulations to John Varriano of the Four Seasons for finally getting the recognition you deserve! And John, if your Wall Street customer finds that he needs to shed some assets, holla at me. The NYSE painting still appeals to me … intellectually, of course.