This piece is part of series of works conceived in May during my artist residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida. This art residency was the most productive and artistically regenerative time in my life. The beautiful tropical setting and beach in Captiva truly expanded my imagination and gifted me with the time and space to create new bodies of work. The environment allowed me to feel relaxed and to forget the urgency of city life, and to delve deep into my imagination. I realized how much I value my solitude and my ability to make work. The beautiful landscape, everything from the leaves on the trees, to the ocean, to the many different kinds of wildlife on Captiva, really helped me take my artistic practice to another level.