About

Ayanna Proctor (b. 1993) is a leather artisan, quillworker, ceramist, freelance illustrator, and an enrolled member of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe of the Chesapeake region. Her illustrations primarily focus on nature that remains unscathed and undisturbed. A deeply rooted sense of belonging to the wilderness came from hiking and living in New England as well as time spent as a youth traversing the forested Shenandoah Valley. This appreciation carried over into her art, which she views as an assortment of rugged landscapes trekked both physically and mentally. Through the use of strictly grayscale, she conveys the aesthetic aspect of the isolation and solace she finds while in the woods.