ORIGINALS |Sassa Wilkes’ “100 Days of Badass Women”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Sassa Wilkes.

Originals” is a WestVirginiaVille series profiling new, original work by artists based in—or with a connection to—West Virginia.

By CONNIE KINSEY | Oct. 5, 2020 | WestVirginiaVille.com

A couple of months ago, WestVirginiaVille profiled the gifted Barborsville-based artist Sassa Wilkes ( “A Portrait of the Artist In Her Garden.”) We would not normally turn our attention back so soon to the same West Virginia artist. But …

Well, the evidence is all over this page.

On the occasion of the recent passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sassa stayed up all night to paint a portrait of the legendary jurist. That was September 22. On September 23, she realized there were 100 days left in the year. So, she decided to paint a portrait a day of 100 “Badass Women” through to the end of this year.

We couldn’t be happier. Below are the first 12 in the series.

Some of the initial women featured in “100 Badass Women,” an ongoing series by Sassa Wilkes. For more on the series and artist, visitIamsassa.com.” STARTING FROM UPPER LEFT: Jan Rader; Amelia Earhart; Katherine Johnson; Mother Jones; Frida Kahlo; Maya Angelou; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Malala Yousafzai; Jane Goodall; Billie Jean King; Rosa Parks; and Michelle Obama.

On her webpage, Sassa has included a video of the portrait painting process, as well as biographical information about the women, her thoughts about them, and images of the paintings. WestVirginiaVille will be following Sassa during this remarkable project. Stay tuned for updates by subscribing to our free email newsletter.


CHARACTERS: A Portrait of the Artist in Her Garden: Sassa Wilkes paints every day. Now, she is painting in a different fashion, using the Earth as a palette. A portrait of a West Virginia artist growing things in a big way for the first time, thanks to Covid-19.

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