Inspired by my hiking travels across the country my cairn collages are a symbolic depiction of balance and focus. They are an artistic visual representation of guidance, boundaries and direction. A reminder to follow our path and stay balanced in our lives. Working intuitively I create each element for my stones utilizing a combination of inks and acrylic paint. While working with inks can be challenging, I manipulate the medium with a variety of techniques using unconventional and repurposed items to create texture and movement in each of my pieces. Inspired by the shapes and textures both in nature and modern society, my hope is to arouse the viewer to contemplate the importance of a symbiotic relationship between nature and the modern world.