"Ancestors" is a tribute to the women in my family. I started working on it when my mother was passing and completed it after her death. The pieces have all been put through the fire and smoked. Like my ancestors, they have survived, coming through the fire with beauty and strength. Photos of my mother, my aunts and my grandmother have been transferred to each of the six columns. In my family the women went through difficult times, all of them outlived their husbands, many be several decades. During their lives they all worked in support of their families. It is inspiring for me to gather them all in one place. The piece is a tribute and a thank you.