Sarah Kaiser-Amaral’s exhibition of trompe l’oeil paintings is a meditation on the elemental forces of nature that flow through us. Fire, wind, and waves symbolize the energy within that compels her to paint. By blurring the boundaries between the figure and the ground, elements begin to break down and dissolve subjects. Stone, wood and flesh melt into the clouds. Fields of blue color emerge just as a storm breaks over the mountains. The paintings are a reflection of time, and the fleeting nature of life. Seasons change, fruit ripens, and memories fade away. This energy flows through the paint, like the swell of a wave that breaks over the rocks.