Collecting Colorways

T H E   P R O C E S S

After making paintings of the land for years, the Collecting Colorways series involves making paintings with the land, using materials I gather from the land. All of the inks and paints used in these paintings are handmade from ingredients I've gathered- berries, mushrooms, trees, rocks, blossoms and discarded objects among other things.

I keep a record of when and where each ingredient was found, along with any narrative behind the gathering. Depending on the material, I use it to make either an ink or a watercolor paint. Each color behaves differently on paper, and they can have even more varied performances when combined with one another. For a complete list of the natural pigments I have collected, click here.


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F U G I T I V E   P I G M E N T S

While the earth pigments I collect are generally lightfast, pigments from botanical sources are often fugitive, meaning they could change in minor or noticeable ways over time. This process could become visible after a month or many years and is all a part of creating with local, living ingredients. 

If you are considering inquiring about artwork made with natural pigments, please prepare to enjoy the shifts that may occur. These qualities are factored into the price of each original painting. I also provide museum quality reproductions of commissioned work if/when a patron would like to recreate their painting in its original hues.

Collecting Colorways prints are museum quality, archival reproductions of my original paintings. They suspend these living colors in time for you to enjoy.