One of my first weeks in Santa Barbara I was walking along East Beach and happened upon an abandoned buoy tangled in some seaweed. I was excited to make something with it but didn't know exactly what. It sat in my studio for a good three months without being touched. As the holiday season approached it finally came to me that I would paint East Beach onto it and then travel with it in my suitcase to Maine to give to my family. This way, a piece of me will always be in Maine and my family will always have a piece of the West Coast.