In this collection, artists mimic the world around them. Be it plants or animals, nature is the true creative inspiration for these works. The spirit and characteristics of the works contained in this collection can be seen in the environment around us. I chose this theme because I love to be able to relate art to something real that I can see or touch. Additionally, I think that mother nature is the ultimate artist in creating the plants and animals around us, and my appreciation of that grows when I see works like these. The artists have done incredible jobs of capturing their subjects, but nothing will ever come close to nature itself.