As a portrait artist, teacher, and 23-year resident of Friday Harbor, I have had the opportunity to share life with a vast, lovely spectrum of community members, young and old.
A small and powerful group of young women, some island-born, some transplants, have become my icons over the years.
These extraordinary women embody the traits my generation, the boomers, envisioned for our daughters and granddaughters. Strong - physically, emotionally, and intellectually - leaders, entrepreneurs, visionaries, opportunists, adventurers, courageous, independent, tenacious, and compassionate, thoughtful human beings. These women do not shy away from a challenge and when they lead, they do so with kindness and a firm grip.
When the #metoo movement came to the public’s attention, I made the decision, as an artist, to celebrate strong women through portraiture. A farmer, an artist and business owner, a teacher who runs the local farmer’s market, a fine art photographer, a seamstress, business owner, and art advocate, and a performer who works with autistic children, these women have contributed deeply to our community and society in ways I could not begin to list.
I chose to paint all of the portraits the same size; however, I have not limited myself in the style or manner in which I have expressed their character. Every stroke of paint provided me with a deep sense of gratitude for these amazing women and for all women trying to make their way in a patriarchal world. These six women provide me with hope for the future.
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