Colors from the Earth
My painting process begins outside, collecting clays, shales, and rocks colored with iron oxides and other minerals. Back in my studio, I start processing the earth, pounding it in a granite mortar and pestle. Next, I sift it through several geological sieves to produce a very fine powdered pigment. If I want 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. Finally, I mull the paste into a paint. Simple as that!