Family Quilt explores the inter-connectivity of familial and ancestral relationships. I am interested in the idea of the importance of one connecting to one’s ancestral roots. Historically, African-American families were torn apart do to the slave trade. African-Americans were prohibited from learning to read or write. Family members were often purchased or sold with no regard for the "family unit." Therefore, there is the question of how does one connect to their ancestral roots if family history has been lost or unrecorded. The collection contains a series of portraits of my family members, both by blood and marriage. Each was personal explorations of my relationship to my family. The shapes and patterns in the painting were loosely based on African patterns, images of structural DNA, and fingerprints.