Georgia O'Keefe's artwork began with city scenes of her New York City home and natural pieces inspired by the outdoors of Lake George, her summer country home. When she first visited the southwest, New Mexico specifically, it was these new elements of bleached bones and ragged mountains that intrigued her and influenced a shift in her artwork. This piece above is the product of O'Keefe shipping a cow skull she found back to her St. George home. The jagged quality of the bone and unique texture separated itself from her usual flowers or familiar natural elements. There is more strength in this skull, as well as mystery, now as it was for her 1930s audience.