The High Hill, 8 x 8 feet; walnut ink, earth pigments, dioptase, gamboge, madder, Egyptian blue, titanium white, on oak laminate. April, 2017
Squirrels; cardboard, riebeckite, titanium white; 8" x 7", March 2017.
These are studies for a project which involves observing a specific Western Grey Squirrel in a semi-wild urban area on the banks of the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. The area is one where winter storms have created many downed and split big-leaf maples and cottonwoods, providing the ideal bright and splintered surfaces on which to reproduce the image of the squirrel using vine black, zinc white and mayan blue (non-toxic natural pigments that dissolve easily). The pigments would be mixed with water alone (no binding glue) so that they would gradually be erased by the rainfall. The Western Grey Squirrel belongs to a threatened species which coexists with introduced Eastern Grey Squirrels. The distinctively blue-grey tails of the squirrels appear almost like plumes of smoke. Permission to render the squirrels on the downed trees has not yet been granted by the parks service.
Untitled, I & II; reclaimed wood, yellow ochre, titanium white, mayan blue (I), pink pipe clay, dioptase, gamboge (II), gum arabic, honey, clove oil. February 2017.
This series represents a search for a way to render other-than-human animals both as themselves and as we, humans, perceive them: vague, concealed, or misinterpreted.
Winter Flood; cross section of elm, titanium white, gold leaf, colorado pink pipe clay, dioptase, gamboge, maya blue, violet hematite, yellow ochre, rose madder, gum arabic, honey, & clove oil. December, 2016. 87" x 36" x11" (at base).
Seeking collaboration with this incredible piece of wood (which was given to me by Urban Lumber, an organization in Springfield, Oregon which salvages trees that fall or are removed from public city locations), I found an image of the flood which was currently raging in the Willamette river, not far from my studio. I coaxed it out with subtle suggestions, highlighting marks that were for the most part already there.
Winter Flood (verso); elm cross-section, gold leaf, green earth, yellow ochre, titanium white, gamboge, dioptase, colorado pink pipe clay, found objects. January 2017.
On this side, I juxtaposed the figure inherent in the wood with a self portrait and looked for a way to integrate objects found on the banks of the river after the flood water receded (a shoe sole, a squishy water toy, fallen lichen, stones) into the bodies of both, either literally or symbolically.
Banks of the Willamette River, abandoned sock, fallen alder branch, titanium white, orange oxide, dioptase, vine black, rose madder. Oregon, early December, 2015. (scroll down for image details)
Lake Champlain Shore, fish skeleton, bird guano, titanium white. Vermont, late Summer, 2015. (scroll down for image details)
Painting bundle: found driftwood, big leaf maple burl section, paper, natural pigments. Size of a dashboard display. Oregon, early summer, 2015. (scroll down for image details)
Turkey Creek dry wash, vine black; Arizona, mid winter, 2015.(scroll down for image details )
Turkey Creek dry creek bed, fallen scrub oak leaves, green earth, maya blue, zinc, gamboge, rose madder. Arizona, mid winter, 2015. (scroll down for image details)
Lake Ontario shore, dead long-tailed duck, birch charcoal. Ontario, winter, 2014. (scroll down for image details)
Lake Ontario shore, found objects. Ontario, winter, 2014. (scroll down for image details)