Exhibition Work

I am inspired by the many amazing women who have achieved their goals and dreams, and carved out a place for themselves in a world still very much dominated by men. Their stories, struggles for change, and triumphs, are in themselves a wonderful legacy of what can be achieved, and an inspiration to generations of younger women.   All these women have a common theme to their struggles – social justice – and they have achieved this in their own unique ways.   I grew up in Africa and now live in Britain, and many of these women have worked on improving the lives of people in Africa and other poor nations.   Their life work resonates within me. 

 

We have come so far, and to retell their stories is a privilege.  I hope that my portraits will give you pause to reflect on the achievements of women everywhere.  I realise my portraits are just paintings of their faces, but it is their stories that have greater significance, and so for that reason I have assigned them a single descriptive word that, I feel, defines the essence of each of them. It is with love, respect and appreciation that I have painted them, and with gratitude for their economic, political and social achievements which touch us all.

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Aung San Suu Kyi 'Tenacity'

Aung San Suu Kyi is an impressive woman who has had the tenacity to stick to her ideals and dreams in the face of so much resistance. She is a Burmese statesperson, politician, diplomat, and author and serves as First and incumbent State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy. The Military refused to hand over power, and she has been detained under house arrest for almost 15 years. She has received many honours and awards including the Nobel Peace Prize.