Artist's Statement ::
I search for my earth colors, studying the landscape and getting to know a place before I dig (always with permission). A southwestern road-or trailside can furnish a glorious batch of natural pigment: gold, green, blue, orange, brown, silver, black, red, pink. I collect dirt, mud, sand, and rock that I crush and mix. Then when wind and weather are right and I've found the right patch of ground for laying out unprimed unstretched canvas. I'm bent over for about two hours applying color and texture with my hands or weeds, branches, or brush. The piece may then take up to three or four hours to dry enough-to the consistency like a tanned hide before I can move it. A completed work can suggest, simultaneously, huge forms seen from long distances or small things much magnified. My Earth Paintings are celebrations of nature: River beds or mountain ranges seen from ten miles up, a canyon's geology, the anatomy of a trout jaw, an amoeba extending a psuedopod, the diagram of a molecule. They provoke reflection, evoke responses to a place and a deep healing.
Earth paintings, made entirely of natural materials.
My earth paintings consist entirely of natual earth pigments (soils I select for their colors, and then grind and mix with glue) that
I apply to unstretched canvas laid directly on the earth. The result is a textured surface expressing my connections to and feelings
about the place where I'm working. Hung unframed--like the landscape itself--not flat against a wall, but with gentle ridges and
valleys, an earth paintingencourages you to participate in its making by creating highlights and shadows and in contemplating the deep
beauty and spirit of Mother Earth.
My work is based on travel and long periods of silent communing with the earth in the places I'm drawn to. Much physical effort goes
into gathering sand, clay, mud, and crushinruock. I use large cuts of canvas, averaging four to six feet long, so the act of painting
is also physically demanding. A completed, dried canvas has a leathery texture and a title naming the location where I painted.