My mum has always been a figure of independence in my life. To me she represents freedom and has brought me up to know my own mind and be true to myself.
I used Russian dolls in my portrait to represent her because of our Russian heritage from my grandfather, which is really special to both my mum and me.
The women of WWI helped to create a social acceptance for women and a true sense of worth. This reminds me of how my mum has encouraged me to be true to myself.