These paintings are an homage to “the women whose shoulders we stand on.” and are based on photographs in my grandmother’s photo album. My grandmother lived with us and took care of me while my mother was at work. I was often swept away into these women’s world, making my own observations of their strength, humor and perseverance. This exploration is a glimpse beneath the surface of the confines of their generation’s socially acceptable roles. Cultural norms and economic conditions of their time provided a hindrance to the paths that women of recent generations have assumed. Their world revolved around their families and in many cases they were the proverbial “glue that held things together” and in a greater sense the engine behind society’s expansion. I’m looking behind the veil of their daily contributions to explore the complexities and ambiguities of the vital role they played within the family and community. These paintings serve as a vehicle for remembrance, gratitude and in some cases, redemption and closure.