Respiration Paintings are made from essential plant oils used for aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Plants are the only organisms that can directly transform the energy of the sun into food. It could be said plants eat “light.” Essential plant oils are made through a distillation process involving several phase changes. The plant matter is first heated, turning it from a solid into a vapor, and then cooled, turning it into liquid. The plant oils that I add to my paints are a form of “liquid light.” It is my belief that adding plant oils to the pigment intensifies their vibration, making the matter more animated. Combining smell and sight, Respiration Paintings activate the air between us.