Ricardo's mural is influenced by nature and the environment around me. Often, I become fascinated and intrigued by objects or elements in my surroundings. As I think about these elements in depth, they get incorporated into my subconscious and imagination until they ultimately appear in my art. What appears is the element transformed in a surreal way that is influenced by what is happening in my life and the larger world around me. It is difficult to separate the feelings, emotions and challenges I am going through from the art I create. Therefore, when I create a piece of art, it often depicts an ongoing theme, or inspiration that is ruminating inside of me at that time. Although I create my artwork as a form of self expression, the viewer can often relate what he or she is seeing in my work to common themes in his or her own life.