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Practice

When I began to explore painting with naturally derived colors, my practice shifted radically. Growing and foraging color and the resulting pigments made me realize that I had to rethink what I was making. I continue to explore my relationship with color in the lab and the studio; some of the experiments you’ll find posted here.

Color Wheels

Color Wheels

Natural pigments on paper, 42” x 68” . 2012-2019.

I love process, doing is the art…especially if created with intention and presence. And then there’s context and display. Remainders of the lake-making process have become a collection of pigment laden coffee filters I continue to collect over the years. While they were originally considered a disposable part of the process, I couldn’t let them go and they now form an installation. Pictured here is one of the possible many configurations.

Color Chart

Color Chart

Winter color 2019. Watercolor and ink. 48” x 65”.

This is a dimension variable piece. It expands in size as I accumulate more experiences with natural colors in their myriad of hues through the seasons.

Mosaic

Mosaic

Collage of botanical ink samples on watercolor paper.

Colorfield

Colorfield

Pigments, extracts, lakes…different terms for the pigments you see here. I grew or gathered the colors you see here, all from a radius of less than 120 miles, most from a radius of 5 miles of where I live.

Installation Indigo

Installation Indigo

Installation of Persicaria tinctoria, grown in my home garden and processed to create a powder that can be used as a pigment for paint, ink or as an extract for an indigo dye vat. The colors I obtained from the plant leaves ranged from yellow to the deepest blue.

Holding Sway (Your Raspberry Heart(s)

Holding Sway (Your Raspberry Heart(s)

Cochineal ink and oxalis extraction on watercolor paper.

When At Last (Expose Raw No)

When At Last (Expose Raw No)

Cochineal ink and weld watercolor on paper. From the Undone Journal series,

2005-2019.

At Your Hive

At Your Hive

Indigo, buckthorn, oxalis ink on watercolor paper.

Worship

Worship

Oakre-Oakland earth pigment with some Placerville elderberry. Of earth and sky, watercolor and ink on paper.

Dissent (I)

Dissent (I)

Homegrown indigo with beeswax and spike oil, soot black and shellac on panel.

Libertine

Libertine

From the Undone Journal Series 2005-2019. Botanical ink, graphite. One of 600 individual drawing-paintings.

Indigo Gradient

Indigo Gradient

Hand ground indigo pigment in gradient on 5 birch wood panels.

Clear Contrast

Clear Contrast

This series of paintings is inspired by vines in winter, once the berries were removed the twisted shapes and forms fascinated me. I took dozens of photos, playing with angles and viewpoints; the photos allowed me to crop the images and abstract the forms.

Indigo and chalk on panel.

Untitled

Untitled

Dragon’sblood pastel and watercolor, chalk white watercolor. 19” x 28” on drawing paper.

Untitled/Uproot

Untitled/Uproot

Natural pigment watercolor on paper 18” x 27”.

Untitled

Untitled

Large scale charcoal drawing 60” x 60” on heavyweight drawing paper.

Untitled/Passage

Untitled/Passage

Dragon’sblood pastel and watercolor with graphite and charcoal. 60” x 60” on heavyweight drawing paper.

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Descent

Descent

Charcoal on heavyweight drawing paper. 72” x 55”.