WATERCOLOR & INK ON PAPER • 11.25” x 18” framed (4″ x 6″ art x3)
original art commissioned by Claire C.
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This one started with a striking photograph with an incredible story. I’d been thinking about suitable art for my friend, Claire, who worked as a paramedic and was studying to be a doctor. This photo popped up on a Facebook post and got me very curious after reading this description:

“Photograph of Anandibai Joshee (left) from India, Kei Okami (center) from Japan, and Sabat M. Islambouli (right) from Ottoman Syria, students from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. All three were the first woman from their respective countries to obtain a degree in Western medicine from a Western university.”

There’s more of their story in this enlightening article about The Graduates. It’s (one of too many) stories of admirable life pursuits made exceptionally difficult by the disdain of – and fear of – women seeking their full potential. The three of them together were quite compelling on its own, and once I learned why they were gathered together, I knew I had to paint them. I’d bought this nice wooden triptych frame years ago and was waiting for a good excuse to use it. This was it.