A new environment can bring both delight and a fear of the unknown. In this series I am exploring the realm of oneís environmental surroundings, how it is absorbed into oneís psyche and how this changes through relocations. In these days of refuges relocating from their homelands to distant places, my move from the Midwest to the West may seem trivial, but there are still feelings of dislocation and assimilation that take place. I approach this new work as both a window through which I observe my new surrounds (recording what I see) and a mirror where I bring my sensibilities to bear, reflecting my inner state of being. I use layering and blending modes to merge the observed environment with my internal intuition. Iím striving to visually capture the essence of my new environment while at the same time learning to understand.