By the time he was elected president, John Podesta had already carved out a niche for himself as a highly sought-after public relations and communications specialist.
His public image as a New York-based publicist, lobbyist and former chief of staff, had given way to a singular focus on his political career, and it had come at a cost.
Now, he is the latest in a long line of prominent public figures to fall into the public eye with the help of an artist.
In April, Podesta was honored by the American Society of Arts and Letters with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is now also known for his art, which is often exhibited as part of his publicist career.
Podesta, whose father was a painter, drew inspiration from various genres of art.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he studied in Paris and Berlin, and in 1995 became a member of the Berlin School of Art, where he studied at the Kunstverein.
The year 2000 marked the beginning of his solo career.
He also started his own publishing house, which he co-founded with his brother Tony in the United Kingdom.
After graduating from the Berlin school, he began working as a publicist and managing partner at a London law firm, where his clients included the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Queen of England and the Duchess of Sussex.
In 2012, he sold the firm and founded his own law firm in London, where Podesta worked for more than five years.
He has continued to draw on a variety of influences, including the art of Dada, German Expressionism and Japanese Expressionism.
In recent years, Podesta has also created works that focus on politics, like the “Podesta Collection” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which showcases paintings by the Clintons and their children.
Podestas wife, Patti, is a lawyer in New York, but she is not a member, nor is her daughter, who is a fashion designer.
Podesta, for his part, has not been a member for years.
In recent years he has worked as a private consultant to President Trump and a political operative for Democratic candidates.
Podesta’s business, DLA Piper, has become a key part of Trump’s presidential campaign.
He founded the company in 1997, and he has been one of Trumps top campaign advisors.
Podastas political consulting work, including his work for Trump, was first exposed in 2016 by The New York Times.
The paper reported that Podesta was paid $1.5 million to work on the campaign, including a $600,000 fee for a two-week visit to Trump Tower in late May.
The Times also reported that he had lobbied for Trump’s campaign on behalf of the company.
The Podesta Foundation, which paid for his private work, was also named in the investigation.
The Times report led to an investigation by the Federal Election Commission, which also found that Podesta, in his private practice, had paid himself at least $4 million.
Podocastas lawyer, Marc Elias, who represented the Trump campaign, told the Times that he would not comment further on the investigation until the matter is resolved.
In an interview with Politico, Podesta said he had no involvement in the campaign or in any work for the Clinton Foundation.