Consider that every painting is a self-portrait. Based on that premise, this intensive workshop will take inspiration from the landscape to enable participants to explore and personify who they are as artists. The emphasis will be on an improvisational approach to art-making in order to allow an abstract visual language to evolve freely during the workshop. Students will be encouraged to mine their memories, intuitions, and emotional ‘inscapes’ to make personal connections to a particular landscape at a particular moment. The outcomes will be varied, but could result in personal narratives charged with metaphor, symbols, and figuration, all in response to the outside world. We will experiment on several ‘unsacred’ pieces daily, in either oils or acrylics, playing with new techniques, materials, and utensils. The dichotomies that develop between inside/out, heart/mind, real/imagined, and chaos/control will be explored in paint and discussed in group critiques and on a one-to-one basis. Relevant videos and other media will provide an important art historical component to the workshop.