Under the creative name “Lana Dura,” I paint with wool producing felt. I use only wool from Navajo-Churro sheep, a historic breed that came to the Southwest with the Spanish in the 1500s. These sheep give me an historic, sophisticated and wonderful natural color palette: white or taupe, many hues of brown, natural black. The value and variety of this fiber enforces my goal: to ‘Give Sheep a Job’ by paying them for their sustainable product.
The sheep themselves and the incredible landscapes of northern New Mexico support my creativity. I am inspired by the wool artistry of earlier craftspeople and the historic value of wool.
“Lana” is a Spanish word meaning “wool” and “dura” is a reminder of the durability of wool products.