Local Colours of Conestoga

The palette I use in most of my icons is created from the local colours I make from around my studio in Conestoga. By foraging my colours in this way, this quiet village in the province of Ontario is revealing God’s divine presence in this place to the world. The colours come from all different sources and processes—from hunting for clay along the banks of the river, harvesting plants, and burning the animal bones which we occasionally find in the millrun’s forest.

There are four local colours that I use from the village. Each has a story, which you can read in more detail below.

Example of local colour from the Conestoga River. 2012.

Eby Ochre

(coming soon)


Red Ochre

(coming soon)


Cherry Stone Black

(coming soon)

Woad Blue

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