Louisa May Alcott (1831-1888) was an American author who wrote the classic novel ‘Little Women,’ (one of the most popular works of children’s fiction to this day.) She wrote her first book at age 16. She was also a Civil War nurse, and she published ‘Hospital Sketches’ based on letters she wrote home at the time. She was able to support herself through her writing and went on to publish many more works under various pseudonyms.
Artist’s note: I must have found a backward image to paint from as Louisa is most ordinarily seen facing the other direction. But I still think her straightforwardness shines through. She was direct and she had an opinion from an early age. Find out more about her personality here.