Nature has always been a great influence in my life. I grew up surfing, found out a few years back I had a lineage in the floral industry reaching back to my great grandfather in Holland, and painting is my way of melding all these things I love along with my self discovery into one expression. My current work explores our relationship to nature, how we manipulate it to suit our ideals of beauty, and how it can be representative of our emotions. I work in a wide range of mediums from watercolor to acrylic, charcoal to oil –any means necessary of getting out what needs to be said in the way I need to say it. ~Lauren Elyse S.