Ever since I was younger, I have always loved nature. More specifically, I have loved how the beauty of nature can trigger emotions and how my memories are embedded in nature. I decided to base this year’s artwork on this idea by working with the question: How can nature unlock my memories? I have specific core memories attached to the painted or colored items I created this year. I used colored pencils to draw a large sunflower and a dragonfly flying alongside it. The memory I attach to this image includes the large sunflower that used to stand outside of my house that was infested with dragonflies. I used to chase the dragonflies around my yard. The dragonfly stands out as the only object with color, leaving most of the piece submissive to the smaller part. For my second piece, I used oil pastel to make a colorful drawing of the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg. The Smokey Mountains unlock many memories of visiting Gatlinburg and staying in the mountains with my family. My third project is a series of paintings depicting a sunrise. I still love watching the sunrise. For my last project, I wanted to do something incorporating a rainbow in the sky since I have many memories of pointing out rainbows with my family. I made the rainbow itself the focal point and lighter than the background, just like the previous piece. Overall, my pieces all included a cool analogous palette and my memories of time spent with my family.