Patent Pending

Artistic Story Telling through the art and history of inventions


Intellectual Property is all around us - almost everything we depend on in our daily lives is a product of creativity and problem solving. It is artistic genius hidden in plain sight. Inventors take a thought to a new level, promoting human progress. We grow and build upon each other, as Isaac Newton said: "If I have seen further than others it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants".

"Patent Pending" is my new series of work to honor great inventors, scientists, and engineers in an imaginative way, with a particular focus on women inventors. Most of us are probably familiar with famous inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone) and Galileo (inventor of the telescope), but how many great women inventors do you know?


This series is a continual study and work in progress.

Rebecca Rose's painting "Escape" showcased at the Torpedo Factory Artists @Mosaic Regional Painting Competition Exhibit, August 2021 in Fairfax, VA

"An inventor fails 999 times, and if she succeeds once, she's in."

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GREAT Women Inventors:


Anna Connelly, Inventor of the "Fire Escape”, Patent No. 368,816. Patented August 23, 1887, Anna Connelly is one of America’s first female inventors – she invented this at a time that woman were not allowed to vote or work outside the home. Anna Connelly, of Philadephia, PA, is directly responsible for saving the lives of thousands.

Becky Schroeder - the youngest woman to hold a patent. In 1974 and at age 12, Becky Schroeder received a patent for her glow-in-the-dark paper invention. The “Glo-sheet” received significant demand from doctors, photographers, and EMTs – anyone who needed to write on paper in the dark. To develop her invention, she experimented with phosphorescence paint on papers and clipboards after trying to complete her homework in the car at night, proving that anyone at any age can have a breakthrough idea

Elizabeth Maggie Phillips, Inventor of "The Landlords Game", the precursor to Monopoly. Patent No. 1,509,312. Patented September 23rd, 1924, originally patented in 1904. Maggie invented "The Landlords Game" as a way to teach children about the evils of unchecked capitalism.

Hazelle H. Rollins, Inventor of "Marionette Construction”, Patent No 2,788,609. Patented April 16, 1957. In 1929, Hazelle Rollins was approached by a neighbor’s young son, who received a marionette as a gift from Italy, the young boy asked Rollins if she would make him another marionette, so Rollins, an art student at the time, did. Rollins instantly fell in love with the objects and soon found herself creating lots of puppets. She began experimenting with design, making their jaws and limbs movable. She was awarded four patents for her innovations.

Jeanne Villepreux-Power, Inventor of the Aquarium. Jeanne invented not one, but three types of aquariums in her lifetime. However she never received proper recognition for her work, mostly due to a tragic shipwreck in 1843 that carried her research to the bottom of the ocean. Not all of her discoveries were forgotten, thanks to previous publications and other researchers. In biology circles, Jeanne is known as the "Mother of Aquariophily".

Margaret Knight - a prolific inventor in the late 19th century. She was often compared to her male contemporary Thomas Edison, and nicknamed "Lady Edison".

Marjorie Stewart Joyner - the first African-American woman to create and patent a permanent hair-wave machine. She invented her wave machine as a solution to the hair problems of Black women, ensuring her a prominent place in cosmetology history.

Patricia Beth - the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.