Chris Stiles’s inspirations are usually found in nature near his Los Angeles home. He absorbs the lines, colors and patterns he finds and translates them into beautifully crafted sculptures. His passion for the outdoors helps him discover the basic threads of life, not just in a bird or a bone, but in everything he encounters. "California is so diverse with its landscapes, ethnicities and West Coast culture … it’s a true melting pot for creativity,” Chris says. It’s what he calls “the touchstone of my creativity." From start to finish, Chris highlights the simplicities he finds in nature to produce organic sculptures. His goal is, as always, to connect us not just to an image or an object, but to another familiar, earth-bound material—ourselves.