I am artistically inspired by nature and animals. Part of the reason I feel so inspired is through my love and connection to the landscape, furry companions, family. In my first artwork, I used trees to represent each person and their personality in my immediate family, and a hydrangea to symbolize my late grandmother. My hope is that through my dedication and efforts I can show my affection for time abroad with my family. I used texture to show my connection to the place and add depth to the piece. Parallel with my first piece, I used similar values while contrasting green and orange colors. Lastly, I recreated a photograph of a leaf with felt on a canvas. In this piece, I tried to display the detail and beauty of such a simple and basic piece of nature such as a leaf. I used green for the leaves, and a contrasting orange/yellow/red background. My hope is that viewers of my art will recognize the beauty of nature and understand my deeper connections through the artwork or find connections for themself.