Colors from the Earth
My painting process begins outside, collecting color. I pull over on the side of the interstate, or walk in the woods or along a lake bed or my own front yard, pausing to look closer at the ground. Clays, shales, and rocks colored with iron oxides and other minerals lend an essential embodiment of place and sincerity of material to my work. Back in my studio, I begin processing pigment into paint, pounding the earth in a granite mortar and pestle. I sift it through several geological testing sieves to produce a very fine powdered pigment, ready to contribute color to paint and panel. If I need to make oil paint, I'll mix the pigment with linseed oil; watercolor requires water, gum arabic, honey, and a tiny drop of clove oil. After a thorough mulling, the paint is prepared for good work.