I started my sustained investigation by creating pieces inspired by some of my favorite things, such as Chickfila, la Croix, and makeup. Throughout my research and experimentation of my sustained investigation I used string, patterns and shapes to create strong compositions to portray my relationships with inanimate objects. As I continued researching and creating new pieces, I realized, although they things I was painting gave me momentary happiness which I represented in the piece, I still felt like they weren’t fulfilling me. Instead of portraying my relationships with objects, my sustained investigation shifted to creating pieces that showed my relationships with people and how they effect my emotions. I combined realistic and abstract human features to portray the physical and emotional features in my pieces. Throughout my sustained investigation, I showed growth in myself and in my art by depicting how I learned to find happiness in myself rather than material objects.