Ingrid Albrecht

My Grandmother Dequisne placed a stick of pastel in my four-year-old hands so that I could paint alongside her, and unknowingly started me on the path toward a career in art. Today, my most persistent inspiration comes from the rock writing I have seen during my travels in the Southwestern United States, Hawaii, and Central to South America, Australia, Africa and China. Mysterious petroglyphs and pictographs are universal and meaningful symbols written on the rocks by people who have long since disappeared.

Art is my vehicle for preserving the last remaining traces of this ancient visual language that is, literally, an endangered species. When I replicate the authentic pictographs and petroglyphs I have seen in my watercolors, oils, pastels and prints, I feel a relationship with the archaic artists who originally pecked them on stone or painted them on cave walls.