Dian Holton in a suit that grows flowers on Mars: symbolic on many levels. As a kid I had only NASA posters on my walls, and one in particular of a woman exploring Mars left an impression on me. My dad came to the US to further his education with plans to move back to Sri Lanka but was accepted into the NASA Mars research team instead, so I grew up with a lot of space movies, posters and books. I’ve wanted to do my own version of the poster for years, so here it is, starring a really special person and friend. Dian hired me to draw portraits of a dozen women including Lupita Nyongo, Janet Mock, Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Obama and more, and the work I did under her art direction has been pivotal to my career.