As an extremely shy child I was always drawn to the unique, independent females in life and Amelia Earhart is no exception. Oddly enough, I have a fear of heights and I get travel sick, so I was never really interested in flying or travelling at all for that matter but it was always her spunk that attracted me. The fact that she tried things in spite of how anyone else felt was such an inspiration to me. Along with my phobias I have struggled with a need to please, but it seems many of us do, and to think of doing whatever tickles your fancy in spite of opposition pleases me greatly. So it wasn't her love of aviation that affected me deeply but rather her willingness to do whatever it took to follow her passion. A very worthy hero, I think.
By the way, instead of putting the paintings away upon completion as I had with my previous 52 WEEKS series, I have been lining these lovely ladies along the wall of my studio. They make me happy. But, at the same time I can't help but notice all the flaws. I'm trying very hard not to make any changes once the paintings are posted but Mary ended up with a halo after all...and I prefer her this way. You can see the new Mary here.