Artist: Rosanne Leger, MD, Family Medicine, Hospitalist
R.I.P. Notorious R.B.G.
The death of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg affected many. She was a leading voice for race and gender equality, which was inspirational and led physician artist Dr. Rosanne Leger to sketch this masterpiece.
About the subject
The death of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg affected many on a personal, guttural level. She was a strong independent woman who championed the rights of ALL women, and NOT just with regards to their reproductive rights. In the wake of RBG’s death I was touched by the art that so many female physician artists created in her honor as they processed their collective grief.
The sketch featured here was created by Dr. Rosanne Leger, who clearly espouses two famous RBG quotes in her work life and her artistic outlet.
“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
About the artist
Dr. Rosanne Leger was born and raised in Haiti. Her father is Haitian and mother Mexican. She graduated and obtained her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. After graduation, she worked as a design engineer for Alaris Medical Systems in Creedmoor, NC. She later attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She moved with her husband to Florida and did her residency at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She is a board certified Family Physician and currently works part time as a hospitalist. Dr. Leger enjoys spending time with her family and her other hobbies include running, crossfit and watching movies.
Two years ago, Dr. Leger started taking oil painting classes, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic she started sketching on her own. She discovered her new interest in drawing portraits and many of her family members and friends have gladly volunteered to be her subjects. She participated in a project called Women of Color on the Frontlines and Dr. Leger volunteered some of her time to draw women physicians of color wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE) while facing the pandemic.
What inspired her to sketch RBG
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) has inspired so many, including women physicians. She has been a leading voice for race and gender equality, women’s interests to name a few. When she passed away, Dr. Leger felt the need to draw her. A group of physician artists got together and through their art, paid her a tribute. While searching the internet, one picture caught Dr. Leger’s attention and she knew she had to at least attempt it, not knowing how it would come out. The portrait of Supreme Court Justice RBG was inspired by Sebastian Kim’s photography from Time Magazine “The 100 Most Influential People” 2015.