Cicely Tyson was one of Hess’s most admired subjects. Cicely Tyson worked directly with Hess in completing this stunning portrait over a period of 5 years. The iconic portrait will stand as a representation of Ms. Tyson’s legacy as an international figure at her School in New Jersey. 

While speaking to Hess about revisions on her portrait, Cicely Tyson advises Hess on waiting on the decision of receiving the commission for the presidential portrait.

 

"Be patient and pray. My mother always said, if it's for you you'll get it and if it's not you'll never get it (laugher). -Cicely Tyson