Water Series: The Art of Change I started painting this series when I moved to San Diego in 2008. I was inspired by the Ocean and began noticing that any time I had needed solace or healing in my life I sought out water. Growing up in Minnesota I spent much of my free time in, or on, the water and never realized until I was well into this series that water has always signified safety, solace, and healing for me. In particular, I have fond childhood memories of escaping to the lake and staying under water as long as I could. I would look up at the sun, notice how objects danced with the currents, or just float weightless. I remember the muffled sounds, the way objects moved...the serenity. I try to capture all that in this series.