Thesis (M.F.A., Art & Design) -- University of Idaho, 2016 | My artwork aims to characterize the succession of time as an inescapable series of causes and effects. Through mixed-media expression, pieces discussed in this thesis showcase my understanding of causal relationships between humans and the natural world. This principle of causation extends to the concept of determinism, and because our existence as physical beings binds us to the laws of nature it has the power to influence our understanding of lived experiences. In order to convey the deeper implications of our environmental relationships, I incorporate visual information from anatomical and geologic sources to communicate the deterministic nature of our collective experiences. In this paper I reveal specific implications of this philosophy and emphasize the psychological impact of this approach to understanding the world in my work.