Inspired and Grateful
"Here's to strong women, may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them." -Unknown
Last month, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine enjoying the Golden Globe Awards on TV when Oprah Winfrey came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award. She talked about women. She talked about the gratitude she had for the magnificent women who had come before her, women who had mouths to feed and bills to pay. Women who did what they could to survive the things they encountered. She talked about young girls and how they should know that a new day is on the horizon. She said speaking our truth was the most powerful thing we could do. By the time she finished her speech, I had tears rolling down my cheeks.
I was overcome. I took her words to heart. I too, feel incredible gratitude to the women who have come before me. And also to the women who surround me. I feel a sense of empowerment that enables me to embody my own personal truth. And I also feel a responsibility to my daughter. I am committed to making sure she knows her worth and her strength. I think it's one of the most important things we can teach girls.
A few years ago, some women friends and I organized into a group that met once a month. We voiced our goals and desires to each other. We supported each other and we held each other accountable. Together as a group, we were unstoppable. One by one, we all started following our dreams and making progress in our lives. What I learned through this process is that women need women. We are stronger together.
What Can I Do? I'm Just One Person
From the Women's March to the #metoo movement, women are finding their voices now more than ever. I have always felt that I've been on a journey. That journey keeps pointing me to my sense of purpose. I feel a very strong pull to portraying women in my art: their faces, stories, emotions, voices, truths, depths, layers and beauty. My paintings are about the power of women, this generation and the next. I've decided to put my art on these t-shirts for women and for girls to help us all feel just a little bit more empowered. My hope is that when we wear them, we feel connected to each other, to our daughters, to the women who came before us to pave the way and that we have a beautiful sense of a brighter future.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go to Las Fotos Project which is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression.
Here's the link to purchase yours and join me in doing our little bit for the future. The future is female.