I came across this log while walking through a natural prairie nature preserve. I was completely consumed by it, couldn't stop looking at it. As is my process I took lots of photos and then went back to my computer to edit. While doing this I kept trying to figure out what it was about this thing that was so interesting. I liked how in it's decay you could see the patterns of growth, like a recorded visual history. But I still couldn't help but feel like this thing didn't belong in its surroundings; it seemed too iconic and special. I wanted to separate or extract it out of its context and highlight that somehow. There are a lot of directions I wanted to take this painting into, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out and think it captures my initial response.