bovine: ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS

 

I had a memorable discussion with a friend who was very much offended that a woman had asked her, “where are you from?”.  My friend is100% Chinese but born and raised here in the states, and the inquisitive woman was a white southern bell, so to speak. My friend felt that she should have been asked “where did you grow up”, and that the phrasing where was she from was racist and ignorant. I agreed the woman was ignorant but only to the fact that she said something to offend my friend and that she didn’t mean anything racial by her phrasing. There the friendly debate began.

This very long discussion got me thinking about ethnic heritage, and when we are proud we can be sensitive or hot to trot.  We in the melting pot of the United States are so beautifully blended together, and can be so proud there is Irish or cherokee in our blood line, no matter how little. Being 100% of one ethnic decent is becoming rare. Where do we come from and do we feel good holding up our heritage flag?  My hope is for everyone to be proud of their heritage and these works are meant to spark the pride.

Piedmontese, Italy
Piedmontese, Italy

oil on canvas 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) 2014 $108

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Flechvieh, Switzerland
Flechvieh, Switzerland

oil on canvas 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) 2014 $108

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Hoehenvieh, Germany
Hoehenvieh, Germany

oil on canvas 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) 2014 $108

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Piedmontese, Italy
Piedmontese, Italy

oil on canvas 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) 2014 $108

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