In the studio today. Beginning a new piece. This is layered with matte medium and charcoal. Pencil sketching on top. Will soon add some color in.
The sketch is the Hanford Nuclear Powerplant which sits along the columbia River in Southeast Washington State. Beginning in 1943, the site was used to produce plutonium for the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It is a Superfund Site and one of the most toxic places in the world. Deterorating tanks slowly leak chemicals and radioactive waste into the soil, groundwater and river.
The completed painting contains charcoal, paper, tags, image transfers, metal, and many layers of acrylic paint.