Lisa J. Tomey interviewed me way back in 2019 for an article to be published in Okra Magazine. Just when it was about time for it to run, Covid struck and that article got pushed back on the publisher’s to-do list. Well, I’d almost forgotten about it, but Lisa did an awesome job of keeping tabs on it and updating me as to whether or when it might finally go to print. It was just published this month. The article title is ‘Stones to Grind’.
Stones to Grind
I love the title she gave the article. Seriously, I do have stones to grind. A lot of them are waiting outside by my new rock crusher, ha.
Actually, though, I have to make this confession about my role with chemistry. My entire career field was chemistry, both organic and inorganic. However, I wasn’t technically a Chemist … though knowledge of chemistry was essential for doing the work. My most prestigious title was ‘Environmental Scientist’ in the latter seven years before leaving the work-away world for the work-at-home one. It’s a minor technical point, but in defense of those out there with ‘Chemist’ for their titles, I just wanted to clarify that.
However, all that work with chemistry did set me up to a real affinity for my current work with the Ozark pigments.
Madison Woods is a self-taught artist who moved to the Ozarks from south Louisiana in 2005. In 2018 she began experimenting with watercolor painting, using her local pigments. She calls them Paleo Paints, and her artwork features exclusively the lightfast pigments foraged from Madison county, Arkansas. Her inspiration is nature – the beauty, and the inherent cycle of life and death, destruction and regeneration.
Her online portfolio is at www.MadisonWoods.art.
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