Susan Tobey White’s paintings in Lobstering Women vividly depict Maine women’s participation in today’s lobster fishing industry. The paintings tell the stories of women in an industry dominated by men.
White’s inspiration was watching a woman unloading lobster traps from a boat on to a snow-covered dock. Her first painting was of this hard-working young woman. The simple idea began: a series of paintings of women lobstering.
Several generations of women and girls along the Maine coast are represented. These are hardworking women who juggle family, school, and other jobs, along with their joy of being out on the water.