WIC History of Women Through Art

        Women are the sources of life. We are the birth givers, the nurturers, the mentors and the molders of the present and the future.

        Since the beginning of humanity, women have been worshipped, adored, cherished and admired. They also have been defamed, castigated, condemned, abused, maligned, raped and murdered.

        Women are lovers, wives, mothers, healers, writers, artists, inventors, queens, princesses, presidents, administrators, tradespeople, laborers, aviators, astronauts, navigators and soldiers. They serve many and give to all walks of life, yet they are more than mere mortals because they remain the source of all life.

        Because women are so much to so many, they have been depicted on cave walls and in oil portraits. They are a favorite subject of artists in all genre since they represent beauty and bounty, mayhem and madness, courage and constancy, seduction and sex, nakedness and style. They are the world to the world.

        Internationally known artist, Joanne Battiste, a good friend to Women's International Center and women everywhere, has graciously allowed us to exhibit some of her art on our Internet Homepage. The series appearing on this site is entitled "Heroines". There are over fifty paintings showing the gifts of women throughout history. We start with ten oil miniatures depicting exceptional women. From time to time we will add more paintings extolling women whose lives have left a positive and enduring legacy to humanity.

        Joanne also paints very large paintings, often whimsical, depicting women escaping from "dead end" situations and stereotypes.

        Ms. Battiste resides and has her studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

        We hope you enjoy "Heroines" and will come back often as we add her works and detailed descriptions to the "History of Women Through Art".