Process, high quality materials and ingredients and timing are essential in all my work and materials
Preparation for my panels . The wood is sized with rabbit skin glue then covered in linen soaked in rabbit skin glue. At least 9 coats of traditional Gesso. Gesso is made from bolted whiting, water and rabbit skin glue. The gesso is coated with gilders clay mixed with rabbit skin glue. Gold or silver leaf is applied with a liquor of water and alcohol, when this has dried the surface is burnished with a gilders agate. On this gilded surfers I can then apply egg tempera. Tempera must be made fresh with egg yoke water and natural earth or mineral dry pigments. In 1968 I began to incorporate water gilding in my egg tempera paintings and sculptures. From 1970 to the present most of my art work is centered on these two mediums. I am currently experimenting with, and abstracting this classic and historic mediums.