Well, it took most of the summer, but I have completed the four panels that the Colorado Council on the Arts commissioned for the new Mesa State classroom building. Each collage is 6 feet long by 2 feet wide, done on a cradled board. In preparation to do each one, I took photos at four favorite recreation venues around Grand Junction: The Riverfront Trail, Serpent’s Trail on the Monument, Hawthorne Park and Lincoln Park in the city. I used these photos (manipulated via Photoshop in a myriad of ways) as a base collage to which I added paint, tissue paper, images of animals and people from old magazines, and even snake skin in two of the pieces. At first glance, the art looks like a regular landscape, although the medium is difficult to pin down. Upon closer inspection, the viewer realizes that the perspectives are off, the shadows are surreal, things are either bigger or smaller than they should be and the placement of many elements would be unlikely in real life. I have created a fantasy world based on images from the real world. I love this new way of making art and I have plans for other pieces using the same technique. I have included thumbnails of each piece below.
serpent's trail

The Riverfornt

Lincoln Park

Hawthorne Park

October 15, 2009

Big Commission Completed

Well, it took most of the summer, but I have completed the four panels that the Colorado Council on the Arts commissioned for the new Mesa […]
October 13, 2009

Mt. Garfield Area Map-SOLD

This collage is done on a 40 inch by 30 inch wrapped canvas and is the second in a series of Mt. Garfield (the iconic hill […]
October 13, 2009

Enchanted Forest – SOLD

This piece was my second attempt at a forest collage and it is the one with which I am happiest.  I love that fact that some […]
October 13, 2009

Forest Light 2 – SOLD

This is an example of the latest incarnation of my forest collage series. It is done on a 60 inch by 24 inch cradled board and […]
September 13, 2009

Ghosts of Africa

This is my watermedia version of Stopping Traffic (see collages). It love embellishing these mystical figures. This painting was juried into the Western Colorado Watercolor Society […]
September 13, 2009

Dust Up – SOLD

So I am into dots these days. This piece started out as a landscape based on a photo taken in my neighborhood. I began it in […]
September 13, 2009

Blue and Yellow – SOLD

Another still life with sunflowers which is a theme I keep coming back to. It must be the spirit of Vincent Van Gogh in my studio […]
September 13, 2009

Blues Connections – SOLD

I did this collage as a sequel to Havana Serenade. I was intrigued by the theme of musicians and wanted to see if I could keep […]
September 13, 2009

Buffalo Gal – SOLD

This was a commission that I did for a good friend who is a dedicated horsewoman. I used pictures of horses to depict her long curly […]