Recent events have shown how far we’ve advanced and how great humanity can be.  I want to focus on that.  This was difficult to write though because it’s a dedication that needs the appropriate voice.  So, I yield to those voices . . .

For Determination

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656)

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and her maidservant, 1618, Oil on canvas, National Palatine Gallery


For Skill

Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744–1818)

Anne Vallayer-Coster, Still Life with Round Bottle, 1770, Oil on canvas, Staatliche Museen


For Independence

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)

Rosa Bonheur, The Horse Fair, between 1852 and 1855, Oil on canvas


For Courage

Cecilia Beaux (1855–1942)

Cecilia Beaux, Man with the Cat (Henry Sturgis Drinker), 1898, Oil on canvas


For Strength

Augusta Savage (1892-1962)

Augusta Savage, circa 1938


For Wisdom

Sherrie McGraw (contemporary artist)

Sherrie McGraw, Nudo Nello Studio, date unknown, Oil


For Love and Vitality

Kelli Folsom (contemporary artist)

Kelli Folsom, Red Plums and a Moroccan Jar, 2016, Oil on linen