I usually paint with pigments, which I mix with oil and wax to make paint. I like the transparency and the luminosity that pigments offer. The pigments themselves are vary in texture, from powders as silky as talcum to grains as large as salt. They come from all over the world and they vary according to the time of the year that the pigments are culled. From time to time, I also use tubes of paint.
I use a variety of paper for my drawings. For the smoke drawings the sumi ink, the charcoal and pencil drawings, I use Fabriano Extra which I like for its smoothness and purity. For my watercolors, I use Arches hot-pressed paper, which has a rough, absorbent surface and has been made the same way in the same place since the company began in 1492. I also work at Dieu Donne Papermill where I collaborate with papermakers to produce work. I work with cotton and abaca pulp. Abaca makes a translucent skin-like paper that I used to make My Personal Atlas and my Eye Sprout.