When describing the feminine spirit, the words creative, powerful, compassionate and nurturing often come to mind. To quote noted author and lecturer, Diane Mariechild: "A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform." Expressing the power of the feminine spirit is the driving force in all of my work as an artist. I strive to celebrate its extraordinary beauty, creativity and compassion and share it with others. Images of women, the rhythms of nature and universal symbolism from many cultures and faith traditions, fill my paintings. The feminine spirit is a life giving thread that weaves through everything and all of us.
This creative, transformative power fuels the work of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), the nation's oldest and largest coalition of women's groups. NCWO promotes the advancement of women in many areas, including health, education, economic and workforce equity, and global progress for women's equality. Susan Scanlan, Chair of the organization, has long been active in championing issues affecting women and their families. She played a key role in making March, Women's History Month. In an interview on WomensRadio, Ms. Scanlan, a third generation Washingtonian, recalls "... growing up, my annual school field trips introduced me to let's say, George Washington's house, Robert E. Lee's horse, Charles Lindbergh's plane, but where were Susan B. Anthony or Amelia Earhart or Eleanor Roosevelt to show me that I could be bold, brassy and brave?" To help ensure that we all learn about and appreciate the important women in American history, Susan Scanlan is also on the board of the National Women's History Museum.
Karen Staser, founder of the National Women's History Museum, states "... we are only now gaining a full understanding of how civilization evolves through the power of feminine values and women's enduring traditions". Having studied women's roles in history and art history, passing along these values and telling women's stories is integral to my art. Joan Wages, President and CEO of the Museum, reminds us that we are just beginning to learn about all of the contributions women have made to American society and that there is a pressing need for young women and girls to know their history. The Museum is now petitioning Congress to have a permanent home on the National Mall to recognize women's achievements. Click here to learn more about the petition. Fueled by the Extraordinary Power of the Feminine Spirit, Women Move Mountains!