I have always believed that all design starts with solid art foundations coupled with inspiration. The study of form, color, composition, symbols and their meaning are all concepts that must be mastered to create successful and compelling visual communication. Living in South America, I discovered earth pigments made from mineral colored rocks in the rivers in the high Amazon of Peru. It seemed like a natural evolution for me to combine my love of art with nature and I began making all my own paints from these rocks. Earth pigments are abundant, they can be found on every continent, are non-toxic, natural, reflect light and color more intensely, and last longer than store bought paints. I came to learn that the vibrant colors I had seen on the Egyptian tombs and in Rembrandt’s self portrait in the Louvre years earlier were also made from earth pigments. They had been all around me and present throughout history, I just hadn’t realized it yet. This experience symbolizes to me our ability to push the boundaries of modern convention, often using knowledge from the past to discover natural and superior methods of invention without sacrificing quality or ecology. Each painting is about searching for the connection to our natural and spiritual selves within our modern context. See more about my experience and earth art on ecoart.lindsayseligman.com.