Tilke Elkins focuses on the relationships, human and beyond, which determine the ecologies of place in her practice, and seeks to foster collaboration between diverse artists, writers, historians and scientists.  She is the founder of Wild Pigment Project, an initiative which promotes ecological balance and regenerative economies through a passion for wild pigments and their cultural histories; and Ground Bright, a subscription program which raises funds for social justice and land stewardship organizations.


Elkins has been researching and working exclusively with mineral, botanical and waste stream-derived pigments as paint since 2007. Based in Eugene, Oregon, she teaches pigment studies across North America, lectures as a visiting artist/scholar at universities, develops publicly engaged programs, and consults with organizations that seek to integrate pigment studies into their curriculums.


Image by Kelly Moody.