An Online Art Gallery by Grady Zeeman
As child I was surrounded by incredibly powerful Tomlinson women. My great grandmother Aletta Amelia was a pillar of the community and a force to reckon with. One of my dad’s aunts was a qualified nurse, teacher and social worker. My Dad, who served as a flight engineer in WW2, used to tell me about the amazing female pilots. Needless to say, I was raised to be fearless, believing I can do anything. Until I turned 14 – the programming of our conservative culture and church, derailed all my beliefs. I was ridiculed for my dreams of being an artist, a pilot and an astronaut. I was told that the books I read (I loved history, still do), my attitude and power was socially unacceptable and slowly the fear of being a spinster, like my powerful Tomlinson aunts, crept in. I dumbed myself in order to talk to boys, was more focused on how I looked and all the social events. I eventually qualified as a fashion designer, married a farmer and had children. Make no mistake, I adore my family, but since 14 I’ve carried around this anger. – If I were male, I needn’t have changed, I needn’t have chosen.
Yes, times have changed and a lot has been done to empower women, to equalize the playing field. Yet, I still see girls dumbing themselves down to impress boys, playing victims that need rescuing. I’m still in conversations where jokes are made at the expense of women, I still see women giving up amazing careers for marriage………….
Artwork in this online gallery is for sale.
Please contact Grady for prices and shipping quotes. Artwork will be securely crated and shipped to any international destination. Options are door-to-door or to the nearest international airport. Client is responsible for shipping.