Townsend views her art process similarly to a Hip Hop song, where the structure comes from sampling and the usage of pop culture references. She believes that some fictional characters and icons are so embedded in pop culture that they take place in the real world. Similar to René Magritte's, The Treachery of Images, the pipe is a pipe, but it's also just a painting of a pipe. Mickey Mouse is a mouse, but he’s also just an animated character, although he has a presence in the world just as a real mouse does. Townsend reckons there's no valuable difference between painting a fictional character like Big Bird or a real canary because they both take place in our culture and clearly communicate their form or existence.