British-American portrait artist Jo Hay chooses subjects who channel empowerment. She is known for her use of vibrant brush strokes and bold subject matters regarding social justice. Her recent series “Persisters”’ depicts societal influencers including Rachael Maddow and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, outstanding women who have made an impression with their tenacious resolve to succeed in their pursuit of justice. Hay chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female justice of the US Supreme Court, for her lifelong support of gender equality and equal rights coupled with her bravery in speaking out. Overall, the overarching theme of her large-scale, vibrant portraits is the acknowledgment of human courage.