Femmes de Courage Extraordinaire 

Project Title: Femmes de Courage Extraordinaire (Women of Extraordinary Courage.)
As a cultural practitioner and painter, my pursuit is to capture the experiences of young women who have changed the world with their courage. I will be developing a series of seven paintings, which will document the following youth leaders:

Simone BilesSophie Cruz, Marley Diaz, Emma GonzalezGreta ThunbergMalala Yousafza, and Dounya Zayer.


The project began on June 1, 2020. It will end on November 29, 2020. The exhibition will open on December 1, 2020 at the Palo Alto Public Library in Palo Alto, California. The exhibit is slated to run through the end of December 2020. The paintings will highlight the young activists and their contributions to the world, making them women of extraordinary courage. In addition, this body of work marks the celebration of 100 years of women's suffrage and looks at who is leading the way to big changes in the world today. Courage is like this in 2020.

The painting The Greatest American Crime Story: American History. 5ftx4.5ft, oils and collage on canvas in response to racism in America. The painting is significant because it highlights many of the challenges in our culture today. In addition, the painting documents historical moments from 1619 to 2020 Black Lives Matter. The courageous young ladies I am documenting who have inspired this new body of work now have been championing issues from gun control advocacy to  environmental activism. These young ladies are between the ages of ten and twenty-two. 


The painting consist of 21 Feathers of Fire, each telling the true story about our history. Take a historical tour through the telling of the 21 feathers. In Native American culture, it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between the owner, the Creator, and the bird from which the feather came. It symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom. It is an object that is deeply revered and a sign of high honor. (Source)

To inquire about purchasing a print or the original please feel

free to connect at: maria@culturedsocial.org.

Please be kind to one another.

As paintings are completed,

they will be on view here and a list of publications will follow.


This work is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.

Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Arts and Disability Center.