These are portraits of creative women, depicted in the space where they create, along with their own art objects and talismans. They are not strangers to me; they are my muses, my colleagues and friends. Their stature and material references a rich history of seated portrait paintings, often transcribed through a male gaze. I want these subjects to see me as I them; proud of their creative achievements, colorful, intimate, and inspiring. I seek their approval while also putting them on a pedestal.