Zoe Matthiessen, a self taught artist living in New Haven, CT, is drawn to the woods—and draws in the woods. If you live in the area you may have seen her prints posted around East Rock Park which, for her, have become an ongoing artistic commentary. More recently, she has been offered two weekly spots in The New Haven Independent: "Ecocide" on Tuesdays, (social / political / environmental pieces) and "Picture This" on Wednesdays (a local scavenger hunt encouraging everyone to get out to the woods in exchange for a print of the locations presented each week.) An animal lover who is deeply concerned with political and environmental issues, she remains hopeful despite all evidence to the contrary. Artistically she is inspired by the decay she sees around her—in nature, in politics and in the chaos and confusion of the modern world. When she’s not drawing, she is busy developing a line of vegan food products which she hopes will help the planet—and the animals and people who call it home.