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Desert Varnish and Four Corners:

During trips to the US Southwest, I gathered oxides and ochre from the mountains and began to burnish earthen pigments into rag paper. I painted abstractions from rock formations stained with desert varnish; oxides that leeched out of sandstone formed during the Triassic. I continue to use powdered minerals, pigments and handmade papers today. I refer to maps, geology, and the art and myths of antiquity, probing the connections I find among human and earthen, the shared nature of our chemistries.

This series of pulp paintings draws on that first encounter with the American Southwest and the rich colors of the high desert.

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