While looking for pictures online, I found photos of slaves picking cotton. Many of them used a huge canvas bag that trailed behind them while they picked and from the back these gathering bags looked like wedding dress trains. Hence, my cotton bride was born. I am now researching more ideas for incorporating cotton and its history into my art. Throughout my art, I hope to show my respect for a people who were ripped from their land, their society, their people and who persevered with such overall dignity and forgiveness that I want to recognize them in my paintings.