As I contemplated my next project, I found myself drawn to a combination of three past endeavors, all of which centered around portraits of women: Heroes, Nasty Women, and The Grandmothers. For this project, I decided to incorporate each woman's own words and share the stories of these Canadian women who have contributed to shaping our country, regardless of whether they are well-known. While many of these women are accomplished in their fields, I wanted to showcase a side of them that is not widely recognized. From politics and music to sports and theater, these women are a testament to the progress of feminism and the trailblazers who have propelled the women's rights movement to where it is today.
Although we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving equal rights, treatment, and respect for women, I often reflect on how far we have come. Despite being at home during this time, I felt supported by other women in our virtual world. I hope that my work expresses gratitude for the women who have set the bar for all of us.
These pieces are created on 7x14 inch canvases using acrylics and incorporate the influence of street art through brayered and airbrushed patterns and colors. To me, they represent the layers of experience and history of each woman.
Featured on the cover of WHAT WOMEN CREATE magazine June 2021 issue