Sky Island Scroll
2019
cyanotype solution on muslin fabric, thread, wooden dowels
In total the fabric measures 60 feet long x 45 inches wide. A 3 foot long segment is unrolled in this image.
Photograph by Elizabeth Williams during our self-imposed artist residency, "Sky Island," in West Texas.
Under a Black Walnut Tree in Prospect Park
2018
cyanotype solution, bleach, thread, wooden dowel
fabric measures 27 feet x 45 inches
photograph by Leah Flippen
Oak Echo No. 1
2016
bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 6 x 18 feet
Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

This painting inspired the public works I made in 2017. I photographed the painting in my studio, made a drawing of the photograph, scanned the drawing and digitally manipulated the pattern to create a series of designs.
Oak Echo No. 2
2016
bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 4.5 x 15 feet
Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I cut and hand-sewed this and a few similar paintings into flowing "Painting Dresses" to extend the fluidity of the fabric and the dappled light pattern to garments around moving bodies. The 15 garments in the series are all in private collections, and I look forward to creating more in the future. Please contact me via email if you would like to be notified when "Painting Dresses" are available again.
Canopy Pond, Ghost Flower
2017
cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 3 x 7 feet
Painted off a hiking trail near Wanakena, New York

During my residency at Otto's Abode, I hiked down a section of a trail that was closed off by a beaver pond. Right before the pond, the trail widened out between dozens of Ghost Flowers growing under many different types of trees. (Monotropa Uniflora - The Ghost Flower does not contain chlorophyll. Energy is taken by the roots from photosynthetic trees and decaying material on the dark forest floor. The plant turns pink as it matures and black when severed from roots.) I chose this location to suspend an elongated and skewed, pentagon-shaped, fabric panel. I was captivated by the plants and the light and felt like this painting had to be made here. When I paint in the middle of complex and mysterious ecosystems, I stand on features like barren rocks or previously trampled ground so that the consequences of my presence are minimized. Thankfully there were lots of rocks on the trail. This photograph was made just before I began tracing the dappled light falling onto the fabric with cyanotype solution.
Sunburnt Trapezoid
2017
bleach on linen fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 3 x 4 feet
Painted off a hiking trail near Wanakena, New York, during my residency at Otto's Abode

Even though the fabric is suspended in these locations for only a day or two during the painting process, I consider the installations complete works of art during these short windows of time. I make these process photographs to serve as memories of the artworks as they existed in the places of origin.
Now is Perpetually Forever (Violet Waterfall)
2017
bleach on silk fabric, string, landscape
approximately 6 x 8 feet
Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

Not pictured: the cliff leading down to the Hudson River, just behind and to the right of the camera.
In this painting, I explored and celebrated the quality of fluidity that water, light moving through space across time, and silk fabric flowing in the wind all have in common.
Ideal Growing Conditions
2017
cyanotype, bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
93 x 53 inches
Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I extensively searched through guide books and the internet to identify what I assumed to be a tree in which I made this painting, only to find out that in ideal growing conditions, shrubs can grow to the size of trees.
Sift No. 7 (Shoal Creek)
2017
bleach, sumi ink, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, rope, landscape
approximately 12 x 4.5 feet
Painted in my favorite park in Austin, Texas where this process began years ago.
Hot Light, Long Light (Gold)
2016
liquid photographic emulsion, linen fabric on stretcher bars, landscape
24 x 18 inches
Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I wanted to this painting to feel like the angle and warm color of the early fall light in New York State.
Chaotic Pines
2017
bleach, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 55 x 46 inches
Painted in Wanakena, New York during my residency at Otto's Abode
Colette's Pomegranate Tree
2017
bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
60 x 55 inches
Photograph by Colette Clendaniel

Painted in Austin, Texas with the light from a street lamp.