This series consists of ten oil portrait paintings, and corresponding smaller works on paper of multi generational families of various ethnic groups from different Brooklyn neighborhoods. The histories of my subjects enter into the paintings. I have interviewed my subjects, and intertwined their histories into the backgrounds of their portraits.
The subjects and their families are Pakistani, Haitian, Puerto Rican, Hungarian, Guyanese, African-American, Chinese, Japanese, Polish and Czech. The selection of these families was based on an organic process, with people I already knew, whose lives fascinated me because of how their personal lives intersected with history, and how that history affects who they are today.