Since the drought has become such a large part of my life as Californian, I have really taken interest in what does grow in such a dry landscape. During my daily walks I encounter a large variety of succulents. Their unique form and color seem to "pop" from the dry, cracked earth. I record these beauties on my camera/phone and then edit them when I'm in my studio. I often crop only a portion of the plant in order to capture it's composition and unique elements. At times the organization of these elements becomes a sort of landscape within itself. The intense reds of the nopale plant's fruit and the swirling curves of the edges of the echiveria plant make for lots of color and energy within the painting. Many of the succulents themselves represent a mandala. While painting I often get lost in the composition of these round plants.