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The Process

My hand-made colors and inks come from earth minerals, fresh or dried flowers, plants, spices, earth stones, and other pigments. (I have a small dye garden from which some of them originate). These are an essential aspect of my creative process; they aren't just mediums but are inherent to places and time. Furthermore, they produce different colors in response to weather, soil, and location. Since they are specific to the moment, time, and environment in which they were created, they are unique and can never be replicated. They become singular visual aesthetic records that specify geography and time.

I follow the old masters and indigenous artists' recipes to create archivable colors. I have also developed a system of preservation by layering mineral and botanical inks in a unique way, which makes new shades and increases conservation. To achieve confidence in their durability, I cover them with UV protection materials, UV museum glass, and cold wax if needed.


Gathering wild Tall Fescue weeds in the Washington DC area

Tall Fescue weeds grow in every continent except for Antarctica from Spring to Summer

Cooking and extracting the color yellow


Cooking and extracting the color yellow

Swatch colors and saving 

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