At the end of this past February I began a new Instagram account specifically for my artwork. While my old Instagram focuses on mostly documenting my personal life; I wanted to build the new account as a platform to meet and interact with people who shared similar feelings towards the West's wilderness. I also wanted to share my artwork without clutter. With my old Instagram I followed many artists, galleries, and museums, but I never found myself motivated or engaged with the content they posted. Instead of re-following the accounts of "successful" artists. . . etc. I looked to accounts of National Parks, public lands, and personal accounts of people who were actively experiencing wilderness. I began to ask these people I discovered if I could use photos of theirs as references for watercolor paintings. I did this for two initial reasons. First: I'm not currently able to collect my own references or paint on location and Second: I saw this as a great way to introduce myself and my work to people I found through Instagram whom I admired. As I began painting from other people's photos I thought it might feel redundant or just gratuitous; but I found it more similar to a collaboration. Their photographs allowed me to take the information presented and resynthesizes it into a new perspective. To me, it showed once again photography and painting can complement and inform one another. Currently I have done four of these paintings and I want to complete at least six more. Once I have completed ten, I'll more fully assess where this hike has taken me.