In lots of my work I am influenced by my family's history. My grandparents grew up in the Congo as missionaries. When they came back to the states they brought with them art and wooden figurines. I grew up playing with these things and absolutely loved them. Gradually these influences have shown themselves in my work. Here you can see my figurines that are based on African masks and mud clothe designs for the bodies. They are mostly for decoration but they are hollow so you could put a candle or incense inside of them.