One of my aspirations as an artist, and more specifically, a coastal artist, is to create an abstract map of each state that celebrates its water - whether it be lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. I am most familiar with Florida, my home state, so I started there. I was then asked about a map for Texas, which is where I currently live and enjoy the coast. I was eager to get started and spent a fair amount of time deciding what to include in the map. I love lighthouses, and I am not sure too many people know that Texas has lighthouses. Texas also has incredible birding opportunities, including my personal favorite (featured on the map), the roseate spoonbill. Texas also has a healthy sea turtle nesting population - and the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world (https://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm)!!! There are colorful Texas wildflowers, found on the beach and throughout the state. And last, but most certainly not least, I have found some beautiful seashells along the shoreline in Galveston! Enjoy - and tell me, what is your favorite 'coastal' state?