I was immediately awe struck by the green forest moss covering the rocks and trees at Nemacolin this spring. I am inspired to incorporate the shapes, textures, and colors of the forest into my artwork. My environment has always impacted what I make and how I go about it. From my picture books to my abstract art, the sights and sounds of my everyday life are crucial to my creative process. Growing up in North Texas suburbia, the big sky, telephone poles, litter, American flags, and grackles greatly effected my art. For my residency, I am surrounded by nature in the moist spring and new motifs are already starting to take form!