Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Acrylic and mixed media on panel,
24"h x 18"w, Item No. 18019,
Ruth Bader Ginsberg needs little introduction: not only was she the second woman in history to serve as Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; she is also an international icon- quickly rising to the status of Elvis, Frida, or Che! Ginsberg was one of the only women in her class at Harvard Law School, and ,despite the challenges of losing her sister and mother early on, and becoming a mother herself while at Harvard, she went on to complete her higher degree at Columbia Law School at the top of her class. Her life was one of tireless advocacy for women’s rights, gender equality, environmental justice, and human rights. Her passionately penned dissents were often a lone voice— yet a lone voice that spoke for the many. She was a controversial champion of the underdog, and, whether one agreed with her viewpoints, no one could argue her courage and authenticity . She earned the respect and admiration not only of women and girls all over the world, but also her colleagues— and some of her fiercest opponents at that.
I had initially planned to paint her as the powerful iconic elder she had become— with her big necklace, glasses, and robe... There are countless depictions of her in that manner... But I liked the idea of painting her in her youth— at the very beginning of her extraordinary career with all the hope and potentiality innate in her fresh face: we the viewer then become fully aware in retrospect of Human Potential fully realized!