I began to think about a combination of three past projects which all focus on portraits of women - Heroes, Nasty Women & The Grandmothers - and chose to include their own words while sharing the stories of Canadian women who we may or may not know, but who have somehow helped shape the country in which we live. There are so many amazing women, and while a lot of them are well known, I wanted to delve into the part of them people are not necessarily publicly aware of. These women come from fields as diverse as politics, music, sports and theatre and remind me of the progress of feminism and the trail-blazers who have brought the women's rights movement where it is today.
We still have so far to go for equal rights, treatment and respect of women, but I often think of how far we have come. During this time, even though I’m at home, I still feel supported by other women through our virtual world. I really want my work to focus on gratitude for the women who have raised the bar for all of us.
These pieces are created using acrylics on 7x14 inch canvases and continue to feature the influence of street art in the layers of brayered and airbrushed patterns and colours. 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