I started my BFA project with a need to be outside in the forest during my time in the program, and a need to work with people. Along with those criteria came an idea to work with found materials from the forest, including products both from the forest and left behind by recreation. The nature/human connection that I crave is part inquiry into how remnants of human activity in the forest mingle with symbiosis, and part an interest in the historical and contemporary social constructs that define what those activities are. I am currently using mediums crafted with materials from Mt Hood National Forest in a series of still life paintings of found objects from the same area.