The question that guides my sustained investigation is “What is the definition of beauty and how does society today alter that definition?” I was able to develop my sustained investigation by blending both natural and physical elements and contrasting them with the stereotypical ideal. In my pieces, I experimented with distinctive surfaces such as wood and cardboard to create a very natural, earthy feel and contrasted them to materials such as canvas. The revisions I made on my pieces were mainly focused on creating the perfect amount of contrast and emphasis depending on what I was trying to portray. I focused on using color to create depth and catch the eye. I found that the mix of materials I gravitated towards for each piece related directly back to the message I was sending to the viewer. The materials with more natural elements were different from the plastic materials to state something unachievable. Incorporating words into my pieces allowed me to portray my message, yet also allow viewers to create their own emotional connection to the paintings. Words are definite, but the interpretation of words is ambiguous, just as the definition of beauty is ambiguous.