In this work I have explored the use of both traditional and surreal elements to express conflict often found between the inner and outer realms of experience. The artwork examines how both physical and emotional factors can consume the body and mind. In some of the pieces emotional turmoil manifests as a physical struggle. In many of the other pieces the combinations and/or confrontations of the human form accompanied with elements from nature symbolize the psychological conflicts we might have when circumstances are beyond our control. In my mind, nature, storms, and swarms of insects or animals are physical representations of forces that we can not contain or control, these forces often times have dramatic impact on our lives. Each piece has been created to embody specific ideas, such as consumption and devastation, or apprehension and grief. My intention is for the viewer to engage with the artwork so that each person will see elements of their emotional-self expressed.