This painting was inspired by a trip to Calabria last year. I travelled to the town Messignadi where my mother was born and raised. At the foot of the mountain there’s a river where the women of the town would meet, tend to their olive grove and did their laundry. It would take an hour on foot from her home to reach this particular river. I came home feeling moved by the strong and resilient women I am privileged to be a part of. This piece depicts my time in Calabria and the strength of the women in my family. I wanted to incorporate the mountains and the flow of the river where the women would meet and support one another.