Figurescapes/Environment This body of work on recycling/renewal began with an investigation into how nature reclaims elements thru decay and deterioration and morphed into a concern for the environment in terms of recycling. It juxtaposes natural and man-made recycling/renewal. We live in a use and discard society. What happens to what we discard?In nature, as an element decays it is absorbed into the earth and nourishes the production of a new life form, a plant, a tree etc. Recycled materials are reborn in the form of a new and different product/element, like furniture from cardboard or clothes from discarded cotton products or lamps from aluminum.The nude figure is a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities such as liberty and justice. I am using the female form in this work to represent the idea of rebirth/renewal and repurposing. One element changes into another form. In this case the female form morphs into the new element or product. These paintings combine traditional oil painting with disparate recyclable elements.