This work features a selection of found photos. The source material includes a family of 18th century pioneers traveling west, and a 1960s advertisement for a resort in the Rocky Mountains. This painting is entitled “Origins” as I have rendered an image of a seemingly large-scale toddler that is, in addition to what appears to be filling a balloon with air, is unknowingly causing a universe to expand. This is a nod to folklore that has manifested about the creation of the world, and how there is evidence of the earliest of cultures questioning and dreaming about the origins of life. It is about the bittersweet notion that we only experience a fraction of time on Earth. We are incapable of seeing the whole picture, so a universal understanding is, in theory, unattainable. We only know our own lives first-hand. We cannot travel back through time, but we can know our history. I choose to paint seemingly trivial photos, disassociated with popular icons or sentimental value, of people portrayed in old advertisements and candid snapshots of every day lives. These photos demonstrate that anyone and everyone has an unprecedented effect on how the world has changed and will continue to change; as stated by the butterfly effect. Each seemingly insignificant choice made from day to day will either begin a pattern or perpetuate an existing one. On a large scale, patterns have manifested to shaped our culture in a way that has become reminiscent of an ouroboros-like effect, as in the symbol of the snake eating its own tail. The road we have taken as a society has perpetuated ideals that have prompted us to “eat our own tail.” By treating our environment with disrespect, by allowing systems to continue to leave large areas barren, we will eventually, inevitably, consume ourselves right along with our surroundings. The last of us will tell wild stories of the origins of the end.