Eunice Wadu was born in Ngecha, Kenya and designed clothing before a burgeoning love affair with esteemed painter Sane Wadu inspired her to pick up a brush. At first, she painted only for herself and hid her work from all other eyes—even those of Sane, whom she would eventually marry. When Wadu finally found the courage to show some of her pieces to her husband, he surprised her by lavishing her with praise and encouraging her to continue. Even with Sane’s positive reaction, Wadu worried that his judgment may have been clouded by his affections for her. Wadu remained skeptical of her own talent until Gallery Watatu’s Ruth Schaffner happened upon some of her paintings, and was so impressed that she bought them immediately. Since that time, Wadu has been a prolific artist who couples artwork with social activism to draw attention to issues faced by women of East Africa.
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