artist statement

For many years, my work has been about revealing/concealing, using direct journal writing within each piece to convey my thoughts.

I make many of my supplies from raw materials in the local environment or ones gathered while traveling. This provides a direct connection to the source of my inspiration. From the high desert of Oregon to Oregon’s coast, I collect rock and raw earth to grind into pigments.  These pigments are then mixed with various binders to make different kinds of paint or used directly as loose pastels.  In Oregon's Willamette Valley, I collect Black Walnuts to extract ink and Oregon White Oak galls to make another ink.

Thin, strong paper or stretched canvas is tinted with inks, written upon, and layered. The materials are used for their color, texture, blending characteristics - and earthiness; the underlying issue or topic of the piece guides all the material selection.

After writing, concealing the words is intended to obscure and release the written thoughts and to allow the piece to take on a life of its own.