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resin art painting by Farida Hughes


Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 | "My kids are about one third early colonial American from both sides (with claims to the Mayflower & the DAR, and one now-controversial ancestor who was lauded a hero in her day, having led a bloody revolt against & escape from her Native American captors). The rest of our heritage is a good mix of early 20th century European immigrants, including at least one foreign navy deserter who found his way from New Orleans to Chicago, and a great grandmother from Belarus who seemed to have come to America to flee a mysterious past/possible first marriage she never divulged to anyone before dying. Some of us on my side of the family (English/Norwegian/German/Dutch) have olive skin and nobody seems to know why—I have always wondered if Viking raids played a role."