I attempted to make a painting of a man, but soon found out I couldn't do that. I don't know what it feels like to be a man, so I couldn't even begin painting one.

So I painted the woman right on top of the man, choosing to leave his flexed muscles on her smaller frame. I left them in because they reminded of the strength we women must find in ourselves every day, whether because we choose to or because we're forced to by our circumstances.

Strength, 2008 | oil on canvas | 78" x 46"


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