2021



Moving on — Collage and ink on paper Handmade redwood cone ink from the redwood tree in my yard, found and painted paper, fluorescent orange spike tape.


Hollow WaterIndigo + laser print + found paper — Indigo grown in Tennessee.



2020



Fragment BundleRed earth & yellow ochre + laser print — Red earth: foraged in Maui; yellow ochre: foraged in California.  





Flowers for AndreaFound paper, yelllow ochre, Japanese rice paper — Yellow ochre: foraged in Oregon, found paper from various sources.  





Edge of Arago 1 (For Joann)Found paper, yelllow ochre, indigo, red ochre  — Yellow ochre foraged in Oregon; indigo grown in Tenessee, red ochre foraged in California; found paper from Oregon camping trip. 





Edge of Arago 3 (Unfinished Business) — Found paper, laser print, and yelllow ochre — Yellow ochre foraged in Oregon; found paper from travel magazines.





Edge of Arago 2 (For Melissa) — Found paper, laser print, and yelllow ochre — Yellow ochre foraged in Oregon; found paper from travel magazines.





Ink testCollage with painted paper —  Tennessee indigo and red ochre from Hawaii.





MoundHandmade ink on paper — Foraged charcoal, red and yellow ochre, Tennesse indigo, foraged green mineral pigment.





Invented landscapeNatural pigment watercolor and charcoal on paper — Venetian red, blue ridge yellow ochre, maya blue.





Memory of the Sky Over Richmond BayNatural pigment watercolor and charcoal on paper.



Yard Study 1Handmade redwood cone ink and charcoal on paper — Redwood cone ink made from the redwood tree in my yard.





Yard Study 2Handmade redwood cone ink, iron gall ink, and lemon on paper — Redwood cone ink made from the redwood tree in my yard; iron gall ink from Mt. Diablo oak galls and given to me by artist Jon Scheleuning; lemon from my dad’s lemon tree





Red MoonHandmade redwood cone ink and iron on paper — Redwood cone ink made from the redwood tree in my yard; adding iron to the redwood cone ink turns it black.




Fragments from an Unknowable LandscapeHandmade and foraged mineral pigments on photographs; collaboration with photographer Justin James King — Handmade, foraged mineral pigments including red ochre from Oakland, CA, and green earth from Oregon. These prints are available for purchase here.


2019



Sempervirens Handmade redwood cone ink on paper.— Redwood cone ink made from the redwood tree in my yard.





Ink TestHandmade charcoal, cabbage, and avocado ink on paper.





Counting Handmade iron and indigo ink on paper.





Invaders Foraged invasive oxalis flower ink on paper.





Newcomb HollowTennessee indigo ink and foraged green mineral paint on paper.



2018



100 Days of mark-making
I set out to make a painting every day for 100 days. Using a different brush each day, I also crafted my own botanical inks—a highly variable process with many unknowns. 

I set up specific parameters to create discipline for the 100 days: I used roughly the same size and type of paper every day, worked in a condensed, consistent time frame.

The resulting work encapsulates a moment in time, an exploration of materials, and an embrace of imperfection. In a world filled with pressure to always make the perfect choice, it becomes freeing to embrace the unknown. I consider the work as somewhere between making things happen, and letting things happen. I tried consciously to not let mistakes feel like mistakes, but instead portals to discovery.

Handmade botanical inks include:
Loquat leaves (from a Loquat tree in my yard)
Iron gall (oak galls + iron)
Indigo (from various sources)
Avocado pit (from compost)
Oxalis (sourgrass – an invsive weed in the Bay Area)





A selection of the pieces were shown in a solo show at Morningtide in Albany, CA.

Installation photos by Lisa Jackson