Qiu Jin (1875–1907) was a Chinese writer & poet, a strong-willed feminist who is considered a national hero in China. She was well educated, and used her writing skills to be impassion other women to rise up to their equal rights. She is considered "China's First Feminist."
Coretta Scott King
“Struggle is a never ending process. freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” —Coretta Scott King
8x10” Gouache on Paper $325
Civil Rights Activist
Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an important Civil Rights activist and the wife/widow of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. After his death, she continued to eloquently advocate for non-violence and equal rights for all people, regardless of race or gender. She has been called the First Lady of Civil Rights.
You can hear some of her own powerful words on this podcast.
Artist’s note: After the emboldened white supremacist march and attack over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I want to make a statement against racism. But Coretta’s words speak stronger than mine could. We can’t just rest on our laurels and think everything should be fine because others have fought the fight before us….It’s our generation’s responsibility to fight against hatred and bigotry too. Obviously, these things don’t just go away.
"Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to risk death or die at home trying to escape." —Yusra Mardini
9x12” Gouache on Paper $300
Mary Cassatt (II)
“ I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work.” —Mary Cassatt
9x11 Gouache and Ink on Paper (Unavailable for sale.)
“I think it is an innate quality that Indians have to dance. They dance when they are happy, they dance when they are sad. They dance when they get married, they dance when someone dies.”—Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief (1925-2013) was a Native American ballerina. In a field dominated by Russian dancers, Maria danced her way through racial and cultural barriers to become one of the country’s leading ballerinas from the 1940 to 1960s —and one of the only Native Americans She became America’s first prima ballerina at the New York City Ballet, and held that title for 13 years, touring the world and becoming an international star. When she was older, she turned to teaching, founding and becoming artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet. She was widely praised through her life for her precision and musicality, something that she always attributed to her Osage heritage.
“I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me, until the last small twig has grown.”
Charcoal on Paper
Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German Expressionist artist, who worked with drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Her works depict the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working class. She is Germany’s most celebrated female artist.
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
9x12” Gouache and Ink on Paper $350
Juana Inés de la Cruz
"I don't study to know more, but to ignore less."
Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writer, Poet, Women's Rights Activist, Nun
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695) was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period. She was also a staunch advocate for women's rights. She began her life as a nun in 1667 so that she could study at will. After taking her vows, Sor Juana read tirelessly and wrote plays and poetry, often challenging societal values and becoming an early proponent of women's rights. Sor Juana is heralded for her Respuesta a Sor Filotea, which defends women's rights to educational access, and is credited as the first published feminist of the New World.
“But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” —Jane Austen
9x12” Watercolor on Paper $300
Writer and Novelist
Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was an English novelist, who’s work depicted middle class British life at the beginning of the 19th century. Her strong-willed and independent female characters have to navigate a world in which they are expected to marry in order to have a place in respectable society. Though her novels were not very popular when Jane was alive, they have become timeless classics, rarely out of print for the last 200 years. And though she only published six books, she is considered one of the most influential novelists of all time.
"Art does not come from thinking but from responding." -Sister Corita Kent
8x10” Acryla-gouache on Paper $325
Artist, Educator, Activist, Nun
Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.
“She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did.” -Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) Author, poet, dancer, painter, socialite, and (according to her husband, F. Scott) “the first American Flapper.”
9x12” Ink on Paper $150
8x10” Ink on Paper $250
Author, Poet, Dancer, Painter, Socialite
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) Author, poet, dancer, painter, socialite, and (according to her husband, F. Scott) “the first American Flapper.”
9x12” Acryla-Gouache on Paper (Mostly painted by my daughter, Justine, age 6.)
Sacagawea (1788-1812) was a Shoshone interpreter and explorer, best known for being the only woman on the Lewis and Clark expedition into the American West. She was merely 18 years old and carried her new born baby the entire trip. She also established cultural contacts with Native American population and researched natural history.
Painting done in collaboration with my daughter Justine, aged 6.