Throughout my life, I have been fascinated with the level of detail in nature. My trips to Colorado especially inspired me to represent what I had seen there and I want to share it with people who did not experience it. One component that guided my artwork this year was my essential question: How do I convey a sense of place? This allowed me to use my skills as a realist landscape painter to convey the places I have seen through detail and color. I created a preliminary painting (Welcome to Colorful Colorado sign) which would be the centerpiece of my exhibit. Then, I created four other paintings that represented four different places in Colorado to surround the first piece which unifies the exhibit. To have some variation in the paintings, each painting has a different color palette which changes the mood and tone of the painting to convey a different sense of place. Another technique I use in my paintings is using different brushes to create texture and value. I also try my best to mix the correct colors but I usually alter them by mixing paint directly on the canvas (wet on wet technique) or I just cover the area and redo it if I don’t like it. I would say that my work does not quite fit in with current contemporary art because current art is much more abstract and has many underlying themes and messages. In contrast, my paintings are created using realism and my only goal is to make the viewer feel like they are transported into the place in the painting. In my opinion, it seems like realism paintings are considered to be something of the past and that more abstract paintings are what is most popular and valuable. Some artists that have inspired me are Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, and Ivan Shishkin because of their use of immense detail and bright beautiful colors to paint their landscapes. Art has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to share my wonderful experiences in nature with the public.