This piece was inspired by my heritage. Here in the American culture many people are very interested in their ethnic backgrounds for a multitude of reasons. For me 75% of my ethnic background is of Italian descent. However there is that remaining 25% that I have never really paid attention to and honestly never really acknowledged to even some of my very best friends (to the point of being dishonest). The loss of this poor choice was mostly all mine. Unfortunately, I cannot go back in time and be more honest about my ethnic makeup. What I can do though is to be honest now and to accept myself for who I truly am, me. Today I look at this German heritage with pride and gratitude. It's part of who I am and after so many years of not liking myself I know that today, it's all or nothing. I have chosen all. This piece is representative of that journey and truly loving and accepting myself.

The German