Feminine Side

What was the inspiration behind the artwork?
By the Artist Lena Shiffman

  • Authenticity
  • Authority
  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Heart
  • Kindness
  • Prayer
  • strength
  • Value

I knew right away that I wanted to be involved with Jenny Fisher’s The Feminine Side of Leadership, though it was totally different than my usual work. I loved her concept and could see wonderful things emerging. Of course it is entirely different to get caught up with the excitement of something new and exciting than actually creating it. I spent many sleepless nights thinking of how to illustrate qualities such as authenticity, authority, creativity, kindness, culture, strength and value.

I studied books about symbolism and ancient art, which only complicate things further, since symbolism of the old doesn’t represent the same of today. My one goal was to find a unified look throughout the artwork, so I came up with the idea to use the woman’s symbol as the backdrop in my illustrations. The design made each illustration have an element that tied them together, but still kept the individuality, strength and importance of each illustration throughout the book. After many hours of work and with Jenny’s support and collaboration I am pleased with the end result. Each illustration works beautifully on its own, but together they make a great whole. Thank you Jenny for giving me the opportunity to work on your wonderful book.”

If interested in a school visit or to contact Lena, please email her at:lenashiffman@embarqmail.com