Chimney Ash Series - 2015

We have been making memories around fires for thousands of years and leaving the ashes behind. Whether for security, comfort, protection, or company, fires will always be an integral part of the human experience. It is the epicenter of social gatherings around which beautiful memories are born.

I want to capture those experiences and immortalize them visually by utilizing the ashes from fireplaces and bonfires. The paintings above were all completed using ash from my childhood home collected from fires during the Christmas holidays. These paintings bring those ashes to life in a beautiful and everlasting way, presenting all those nuances accumulated over time to the viewer all at once, right in front of us, forever.