A Deeper Connection to the Land

During my recent stay in September at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast as an instructor, I had the good fortune to meet a student who by her generous spirit and willingness to share her knowledge led me to yet another artistic direction: a connection to the landscape through the gathering and use of natural pigments.

I have since been totally immersed in this process. It has inspired trips to the Oregon Outback, John Day Fossil Beds and the Painted Hills in my home state of Oregon and has empowered me to view the landscape from a more intimate viewpoint.

Here is a first attempt at a painting that not only includes all natural pigments gathered at the Oregon coast but is my personal recollection of an extraordinary experience at Sitka.