I have a deep interest in materials, and have been making my own pigments to use in my egg tempera paintings. From the earliest cave paintings to the Renaissance masters, people have been using the materials around them to express themselves and create art. By using eggs, earth, rocks, and charcoal to make a refined image, my work becomes primitive and sophisticated, visceral and cerebral; a dialogue between the landscape and the people that inhabit it.
Over the past few years I have been working in tempera and making pigments out of earth, rock, shell, moose teeth, bone, and lead that I incorporate in my paintings. “Two Trees” was painted entirely with my own pigments, and “Wedding Tree” has charcoal black that I made from the very same tree in the painting. The rest of my work contains varying degrees of my own pigments. I find poetry in utilizing local material in a Renaissance fashion; painting the landscape with the landscape.