Spirit of the jungle

In the fall of 2017, I embarked on an artist residency in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Here I was introduced to natural pigments, and searching to combine something synthetic with something natural and handmade. Each painting incorporates some of the natural pigments I found there and the imagery I experienced.

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Jungle Color Wheel

The palette of colors I created during my residency.

5” x 5” foraged pigments, gum arabic and colored pencil on paper.

Chicharra

The wing of the cicada. These giant bugs would fly into the studio every evening and we’d awaken to find their wings littered around the room.

10“ x 6“ watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

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Warming Up

22” x 30” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

Friction

Alternating blue and red, downpours and heat, cleansing fires.

15” x 22” watercolor, found pigments, charcoal and colored pencil on paper.

Abrase

I was so amazed at the variety of browns that existed in a natural form. The shapes are borrowed from the landscape and alternating rain and heat I was experiencing there.

10” x 10” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

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Lilac Haze

First light after a cold damp night.

15” x 22” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

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Morpheo Menelaus

Inspired by the wing of the Morpheo Menelaus butterfly. One side is a blue sapphire and the other side is like a moth wing. A combination of synthetic blues and naturally found browns are combined to express that duality.

22” x 22” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

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Palm Shadows

Observation of shadows from a wafting palm leaf roof. Palette contains a variety of grays created from complements and natural pigments. Layers of synthetic and natural are woven together like the palm leaf roof.

22” x 22” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

Portal

10” x 10” watercolor, found pigment and colored pencil on paper.

Desert Dream

11” x 11” watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

Amazon

11” x 11” watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

Serpentine

22” x 22” watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

A New Leaf

A hard stop and decision to begin something different, a dream of change or turning a new leaf.

22” x 30” watercolor, found pigments and colored pencil on paper.

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