For the past several years, I have been playing with the concept of lichen and the figure. I wanted to render a figure surfacing through a field of lichen. I started to look at the post-impressionists and began to use broken color/stippling as a means to solve the problem. I took a number of photographs of lichen and tried to use them as a texture for the skin tone. I'm intrigued by this concept because of the color palette and the weathering away of time. LIfe is transient/lichen is acidic and eats away at trees and rocks.