Ancient Land, 2021 painting by Joan Pechanec
Ancient Land

Ancient Land

Mixed Media on Birchwood Panel
24” x 24” 1 ½”

This piece is one of a series of thickly-textured images of the Oregon countryside. I created this archaeological image by building up multiple layers—papers, printed words, Chinese writing, intricate patterns, imagined cliff cities, moss—on an iridescent copper painted wood panel. I then applied layers of paint, pens, pastels, wax, and oil paint over the papers, cutting thru to the underpainting in places. I wanted to convey the ancient history and geology of the lands of the Oregon Trail.

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