Humboldt County mixed media emerging artist, Sheala Dunlap, finds herself inspired by the alchemy of materials, intimate connections, and her life in the pacific northwest. Her work reflects her passion for nature with the embodiment of surreal and magic realism styles. These whimsical motifs are emotive representations that conceptually examine ideological paradoxes in post-colonial western civilization. Her first communal artistic endeavor began with the Tucson Pima Arts Council where she worked with close friends over the summer to design and construct a gateway for their local neighborhood. The process of assembling with allocated resources through community outreach made an everlasting impact on her creative process. She takes pride in being resourceful with mediums and strives to reduce the reliance on the consumption of virgin materials.