Through a personally developed abstract language, this body of work explores beauty and destruction of the coastal environment. Bold abstract shapes are striking from a distance, yet upon closer observation the viewer is faced with a raw textural quality in each painting. Exploring the environmental issue of marine debris, this work evokes both the serene feeling of the coastal environment, juxtaposed with a slight discomfort in the way it is treated. Each shape is a large-scale rendering of marine debris the artist has personally removed from the coastal environment. The process of removing and reimagining these fragments is replicated in the painting process, creating images which walk a fine line between destruction and beauty. By shifting the focus from the materials to the simplified shapes, colors and arrangements, each large work becomes further removed from it’s origin.