I am so excited to partner with Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square to celebrate our First Ladies who, though often overlooked, have each played a significant role in shaping our nation and our views on domestic partnership and influence in the White House.
Given Sofitel’s location in our nation’s capital, just steps away from the White House, I wanted to celebrate these remarkable women who have made a lasting impact on our country.
The power of women and women in power is a large focus of my work and storytelling is my goal. I hope my vibrant and colorful depictions of these women sparks curiosity and conversations around their lives, legacy and historical impact.
On March 8, 2023, we celebrated International Women's Day and Women's History Month by hosting a collaborative dinner for our Sofitel Dinner series.
First Ladies Collection:
Nancy Reagan: “I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”
Michelle Obama– “Choose people who lift you up.”
Laura Bush–“There are a lot of women that I think are very powerful and would be great presidents.”
Helen Taft– “A woman’s voice is the voice of wisdom and I can see nothing unwomanly in her casting the ballot.”
Betty Ford-“The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.”
Mary Todd Lincoln– “Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, whenjustice and truth will be vindicated.”
Lady Bird Johnson– “The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.”
Eleanor Roosevelt– “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Edith Roosevelt– “I think imagination is one of the greatest blessings of life.”
Dolley Madison– “Disaffection stalks around us.”
Jackie Kennedy Onassis– “I am a woman-above everything else.”
I aimed to showcase every hue of the rainbow, transforming the Bourbon Steak patio into a vivid oasis, featuring two 8 feet tall, hand-painted Lady Liberty statues, a large drip flag and a suspended disco ball installation.