I use watercolor, ink, pen and text to explore the intimate and unstable relationship between us and our surroundings. I contemplate various conceits of home and ways in which personal and environmental trauma force us to leave behind, rebuild, and redefine what it means to be home. Much of my work is oriented on the shoreline with subject matter derived from my research of the intertidal zone. I am drawn to this region because it’s a place of intersection and shared vulnerability. I use oceanography as a tool to further examine themes of migration, connectivity, and restoration. I play with layering, scale, and perspective to reflect an element of fantasy we project on a place and illustrate how the past is something we are continuously navigating. As we struggle to hold on while simultaneously letting, a remnant from a place becomes an amulet or totem.