Many of Hughes’ paintings center around the natural world. She is inspired by contour maps, nautical charts and topographical lines, and uses these traditional forms of information, abstracted in her work. Her paintings are created and completed through a process where each stroke is applied in reaction to the last layer of paint. “Submersion I” allows the viewer to look down into the ocean as if they have just breached the surface. Hughes paints around the silhouette of the canvas with abstract yet naturalistic forms, that slowly fade out of sight by the middle of the painting. This mirrors the murky veil that ocean can become, hiding what is on the ocean floor if it is too far out of sight.