I’m passionate about ensuring that girls & women know they can define their own role in the world & be anything they dream. I’m passionate about empowering girls & women through my art to broaden their minds & to see the magical power they have for themselves. Sadly, powerful, intelligent, & confident representations of women are often missing in our society. I want to show girls from an early age the possibilities they have in front of them. My art strives to inspire young girls & women to believe that they can disrupt gender norms or trends or whatever society is telling them to do & be themselves. I want to paint girls & women in my artwork that represent the ambitions, thoughts, & dreams of those who feel underrepresented or a little “weird” or “unique” in their family or community. To show them how to “lead” with their uniqueness, not to try & hide it. Those unique qualities are what make them special.
I’m a girl with a lot of energy, & I infuse that energy in everything I do. I like movement; I like action; I like physical exertion; it makes me feel strong. I think energy adds possibilities to your life. When I’m out running or doing hard-core gardening, my mind seems to spark like fireworks with ideas & thoughts. I display my energy throughout my art. You’ll see vivid color & dynamic line work. I believe going after your dreams, making positive changes in your life, & daring to be yourself takes energy & courage… I hope my art inspires girls & women to do these things.
My life before & my inspiration...
For 20+ years, I had a successful (& highly technical) career in the software consulting field. I programmed robots, wrote thousands of lines of programming code, implemented automated processes, blah, blah, blah. Although I am grateful for the success I had, my soul & spirit longed for something different. Fortunately, I was able to retire from my technical career, & now I am a mixed-media artist creating art to empower girls & women. My spirit smiles every single day!
I am inspired by girls. I think this inspiration started when my daughter was 2 years old – that was when I became a single Mom. It is soooooo challenging to raise children in this crazy, information–overloaded world! Raising a child without a partner increases the challenge tremendously. Raising a “girl” increases the challenge exponentially! Why is that? Just a few thoughts on that topic below…
Whatever girls do, they must do twice as well as boys to be thought half as good. Right?!?!
Aggressive boys are “strong”, while aggressive girls are “that word I refuse to utter or type because it just perpetuates the stereotype”… you know the word,right?
Boys are still celebrated and admired for having sex with lots of girls, while girls are labeled “that word I refuse to utter or type because it just perpetuates the stereotype”… again, you know the word, right?
We STILL spend too much time measuring outstanding “Female” leaders, when we should be measuring “outstanding” leaders. Period.
Girls/females/women are STILL paid less than boys/males/men for the same or better effort. (in 2015, girls earned ~80% of what boys earned… What?!?!)
It’s 2017 and people STILL ask girls/females/women “Who watches your children while you work?”… Once more… What?!?!
When I entered Georgia Tech in 1985, 21% of enrolled students were girls. In 2016, only 31% of enrolled students were girls, an increase of only 10% in 30+ years! A final… What?!?!
Fortunately, my daughter evolved into a very intelligent, compassionate, and self-sufficient young lady. She is 27 years old, married to a ROCK STAR husband, and is a ROCK STAR in her own right… NYU honor graduate, UGA honor graduate, is a Financial Management professional, and a “Super-Mommie” to young Hudson.
Not so fortunately, my daughter faces many of the same discriminatory challenges that existed in the 1980s (and the 1970s, 60s, etc). The gender wage gap is still an issue. Many of the same negative female stereotypes still exist. And, more often than you may believe, girls/females/women still have to work twice as hard as men in the board room to get respect… or to simply get boys/males/men to listen to what they are saying! So, I say…“ENOUGH ALREADY!!! The future is for females… and I intend on doing my part to ensure everyone knows it… and having tremendous, adventurous fun along the way.
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