Thursday, January 16, 2020

A Tribute to American Women Leaders



                                                     Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Woman leaders need to be acknowledged! 

A revelation came to me while working in the Studio that woman's leadership in American history needs to be more recognized and honored.

 I am inspired to begin a series of oil portraits of exceptional American woman.

 These women were and are brave, determined, passionate and visionary...they are leaders!

 Woman that come to mind are Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amelia Earhart, Olivia de Havilland, Helen Coley Nauts, Sonya Sotomayor, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Dolores Huerta and Oprah Winfrey to name a few.

For these honorary portraits I will carefully research these distinguished  and exceptional woman.
Each oil on linen portrait will be carefully composed considering significant details, color, composition and the most relevant time in their lives to be painted.


 I have had the honor of being commissioned to paint Helen Coley Nauts, an advocate and visionary in the field of early Cancer Immunology and painted Gloria Steinem, a ground breaking woman's rights advocate, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor a champion of equal rights.

 
Helen Coley Nauts                             Gloria Steinem                      Sonia Sotomayor
            Collection Cancer Research Institute                                           Collection Ms. Foundation              Collection Southern District Court New York

Above are images of these portraits which can also be viewed in larger images on my website:
www.susandurkee.com

As a tribute to American Woman Leaders I will begin a series of oil on linen  portraits which will ranged between 14 x 18 inches to 20 x 24 inches.

I will start this exciting project with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a fierce and dedicated advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has shaped the course of our nations' history through her convictions and voice for dissent. In 1993 she was the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Below shows the development of my oil portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On the left is the first days quick block-in-wash intended to layout the composition and create a base to build the portrait on. The middle image shows the portrait more developed and the reference photos I used for the portrait.  I always use a black and white photo (along with color photograph if available), for value reference.
In my research for the portrait I saw that the Associate Justice also wore Jabots so I decided to add this for added compositional interest. On the far right is the finished 20 x 16 oil on linen portrait. I also thought that the  rich red/crimson background was fitting for Ginsburg's spirit.





I am now moving forward with my project of portraits of American Woman Leaders. I have started oil portraits of Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolores Huerta, Olivia de Havilland, Oprah Winfrey, and Amelia Earhart.

 I will be adding these finished oil portraits to this post in the near future.


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