Snow White as Rosie the Riveter

All of my paintings have a story. Nothing comes from thin air.

“Snow White as Rosie the Riveter” came about in Sep 2014 when I was in Disney world with my sisters. We visited the dreamland of our childhoods, as adults, and saw everything in a whole new light.

For starters, we discovered #HiddenMickey !

But we also joked about how Disney ruined our lives (sarcasm!) because the movies set such unrealistic expectations of what being a woman would mean for us, how easy it would be to talk to birds and squirrels, and best of all… who is Prince charming?!

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We had been discussing the use of the Rosie the Riveter image, and I suppose since I was sleeping in a bed with a Disney princess headboard, which played music and set off digital firework when you pressed a button, I dreamed of Princesses.

Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be every one of the princesses when I was little. I wore dresses like theirs and knew the words to all the songs they sang, and I LOVE them in spite of their flaws.

Of all the Disney Princesses, Snow White did the least for me, because she was so helpless and dainty.

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When I got back home to Chicago, I started sketching a concept until it evolved into this idea of Snow White as Rosie the Riveter.

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I wanted to re-create her as a woman who took charge, instead of waiting for prince charming to rescue her.
I posted updates as I painted, and I asked my Instagram followers and friends if they thought I should add a bird, to make her more like Snow White, and they said Yes!

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So she evolved.
From my childhood, from my brain, and from the influence of others.
And I was so happy with her and the message she sent, I set myself on a mission to create a series around the Disney Princesses.

The “Women of Influence” series is a series of paintings that began with this one image. Look through my gallery for also Princess Jasmine as Amelia Earhart, and Cinderella is Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Also, there is a hidden mickey in this painting 🙂

Items printed with the image can be found in my etsy shop!

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