This particular piece pays tribute to Mother Nature and the role she plays in the nurturing and life-giving facet of the ocean. I hand built it using Arctic White clay, which I chose because it is good clay to use for sculptures. I drew special inspiration for this piece from my experience snorkeling the Molokini Crater in Hawai'i as well as exploring the tide pools of Laguna Beach. These adventures both left me awestruck at the idea of a whole world existing below the surface and along the edge of the ocean I am so familiar with. I choose this piece because of the struggle - and ultimate victory - that it represents to me. I initially had a hard time getting started on this bust; figuring out the proportions and dimensions of the human body. Now, it is once of my favorite pieces to date. Through this piece, I wish to communicate the ethereal beauty of the reefs across the globe, inspiring others to take action towards the preservation of such rich ecological systems.