TODAY | April 04, 2014
>> portrait aims to capture the unique personalities with whom he served.
>> putin .
>> tlad mir putin , yeaoou vladimir putin , it became more tense as time went on. vladimir's a person who in many ways views the u.s. as an enemy. and although he wouldn't say that, i felt that he viewed the world as either the u.s. benefits and russia loses or vice versa . i tried to dispel him of that notion.
>> you could tell from the very beginning that he was interested in power. and there's an anecdote you've written about that's symbolic about.
>> as you know, our dear dog barney had a special spot in my heart. i introduced him to putin , putin kind of dissed him. you call that a dog? a year later, your mom and i go to visit and he'd say you like to meet my dog? out bounds this huge hound. and putin says bigger, stronger and faster than barney.
>> and you kind of thought, is this symbolic.
>> i took it in. i didn't react. wow, anybody who thinks my dog is bigger than your dog is an interesting character. and that painting