We are Artists Women who Made their Mark on the World

Kari Herbert


A richly illustrated book, We Are Artists celebrates the life and work of fifteen female artists from around the globe and the distinctive mark they made on art. Presented as a collection of exciting biographical stories, each section reveals how the artist’s unique approach and perspective provided art and society with a new way of seeing things.

We Are Artists places the spotlight on women painters, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, designers, and craftswomen who created monumental artwork, often against daunting odds. The book includes reproductions of modern and contemporary artwork by Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alma Thomas, and Kenojuak Ashevak, to name a few. Through their personal stories, readers will learn about the art movements each artist worked in and the influence they exerted on both the art world and society as a whole.

This book starts to rewrite art history for the next generation, and will inspire young readers and artists everywhere.


This engaging introduction to the art and lives of 15 women active in the 20th century spans cultures, continents, and mediums… The clear, informative prose is sensitive and forthright about challenges the women faced… Page by page, these stories coalesce into a rich portrait showing women around the world making art against the odds.

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The scope and range of racial diversity and artistic formats is impressive… An inspiring look at revolutionary women and their creativity.

— Booklist


Kari Herbert


Kari Herbert is a writer and artist/illustrator. She studied at Exeter College of Art and her writing, art and photography has been exhibited and published around the world. She grew up in Greenland, but is now living by the sea in Cornwall, where she writes a blog for the respected Newlyn School of Art. She has written several books on exploration, women’s history and visual culture; her most recent being the award-winning, international bestseller Explorers’ Sketchbooks, co-authored with her husband Huw Lewis-Jones. When not traveling in wild and woolly places, Kari can usually be found creating artworks in her leaky garage.