My interest in creating illustrations and paintings of vintage baseball players began to peak around this time. Inspired by the movie I completed a watercolor painting of a woman baseball player at bat. She is strong and resolute, with a facial expression that exudes confidence, determination and poise."One Tough Out" symbolized for me everything I felt about equality in all aspects of life and summarized what I felt about the concept of women having the chance to play baseball.
In 2016 SABR and the IWBC partnered to offer "Women on the Diamond" their inaugural national baseball art competition and "One Tough Out" won first place in the professional category. The framed original was present a short while later at the Center's groundbreaking ceremony.
I knew I wanted to partner with the IWBC and to help with their fundraising efforts. I began a dialogue with the Center and a plan began to form. An agreement was worked out and the work to create and sell T-shirts began using "One Tough Out" as the primary art. I designed an image with the look and feel of a vintage heroic poster from the 1940's. Now to was time to show the world and last month the first campaign was launched through Bonfire and due to strong interest I have re-launched the campaign offering this image on T-shirts and baseball T-shirts.
I am pleased and proud to be able to offer these shirts with a percentage of all sales going to the IWBC. I am quite happy to offer a great product to help a great cause. If you are interested in seeing more:
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