Drawings from Real Life

This winter, I found myself intrigued by marks made from tires on our snowy, New Mexico roads. The bold, black lines appearing on the white field of the snow-covered roads that recorded movements, arcs, curves and wiggles excited me.

I photographed this unintentional mark making and brought the images into the studio. I then rephotographed some images behind water and drew from them onto canvas with paint.  I noticed how the marks come together and veer apart and become fainter and bolder in areas. I've drawn inspiration from the marks in fields in Italy made by plants before.  Here I loved the contrast between the black and white, too.