Mary Leakey, Paleoanthropologist © Betty Hahn

Mary Leakey, Paleoanthropologist

Betty A Hahn

Sun City, Arizona, USA

Artist Statement

I simply picked one of the available women and started a wonderful adventure, researching photos and info to use for my piece. I am a painter, so I chose to paint on silk with tsukineko inks. I chose photos to work from to represent her achievements and environment.

Woman’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

She discovered the oldest hominid skull 1.75 million years old and fossilized foot prints from the first bipedal hominid 3.8 million years old.


Whole cloth silk painted with tsukineko inks and acrylic paint, quilted on movable machine


Silk crepe de chine, 80/20 batting, cotton back

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