Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 – "I have a really mixxxed up background: on my father's side, I am a descendant of American slaves from Africa. On my mother's side, I am descendant of immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. My paternal heritage knowledge stops in South Carolina. My maternal side knowledge is not much better, my mom is not sure if they are Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovakian or some mixture of all of that. Her mother always told her she was American and not to worry about it. My mother always told me she was Polish and Czechoslovakian as a kid but later admitted to not really being sure. ALSO, she has a rare condition called Oguchi's disease found mostly in Asia and therefore believes that one of her relatives is from the Mongolian Empire. My father also always told us we were part-Cherokee, but I have nothing to back this up and have also learned as an adult that this is a common misconception among MANY African-American families. My mother's mother also disowned her when she learned she was having a child with a black man, and never spoke to her again!!"