"Sydney Lights" was inspired by my semester abroad in Australia. While studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, my friends and I were able to travel to Sydney and expe ience the natural and architectural beauty of one of the country's most famous cities. The Opera House was an obvious choice for painting because of its national symbolism and striking quali ties. The color scheme came from a photo of the Opera House during their 2012 hght show, which I unfortunately missed by a month, and I wanted to reimagine that event on canvas. I painted in highly saturated colors and an impressionistic style to captu the movement felt when viewing the Opera House for the first time.