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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.

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.

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.

Mosaic

Mosaic

Collage of botanical ink samples on watercolor paper.

Indigo Gradient

Indigo Gradient

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

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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.

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Abstraction inspired by plant forms.

Indigo and chalk on panel.

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Abstraction based on plant forms.

Indigo and chalk on panel.

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

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

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

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

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Natural pigment watercolor on paper 18” x 27”.