An ecological artist from Maine is getting attention for her stunning landscape art. Mariah Reading, an artist from Maine uses her art to raise awareness for environmental issues, Vice reports.

To create art, Reading visits national parks, renowned landscapes, beaches and other spots and then paints the location on trash left behind by visitors. The result is stunning. She’s painted flip-flops, keyboards, food wrappers and other trash.

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She told US Park Pass about her work, “As a landscape painter, I couldn’t justify contributing more waste to landfills and further harming the landscapes that have inspired me throughout my life. To confront my own consumption, I started sculpting personal trash into canvases onto which to paint landscapes.”

“I usually carry a backpack with all my art materials,” Reading told Vice. “When I go hiking and find trash along the way, if the elements around me are pleasing and there’s good weather, I usually paint where I found the trash itself. This allows me to view the colour and motion of a place and use it in my art.”

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Reading has traveled across the world chronicling landscapes that are changing fast due to environmental pressures. She tries to paint on-site as much as possible.

“Art is a really powerful medium that allows viewers to connect and engage, and make changes that have a visceral connection,” she told Vice. “That’s something no graph or statistic about climate change can do.”

Read more about eco-art in One Green Planet, check out “The Plastic Bag Store,” a marine cemetery in India, an art installation of airplane parts, an underwater eco-museum, eco-feminist artists, an eco-friendly street artist, the artists creating Chilean landscapes with plastic waste, and art installations for climate change.

There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!

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