One of the most common questions I get asked about my artwork is some variation on - What is it made of?
My work is a combination of collage and painting techniques. I make my own collage papers using re purposed National Geographic magazine pages mutated with solvents to create a variety of resist textures. I scan, manipulate digitally and print on archival papers these photographic, abstract textures. These papers are used to build my landscape collages on panel.
Exciting changes and NEW for 2015, I've started to painstakingly copy the textures, colors and layout of my collage works into larger developed paintings using acrylics, inks, gouache and mediums. I also add into the paintings: iron oxide, lava granules, glass beads, pumice, mica and other earthy minerals. Each painting and collage is finished with a protective UV varnish or cold wax rub. They are all fabricated on a "boxy" 2" deep wood panel - custom made with maple edge and birch wood surface by craftsman, J.Winkler - aka - fab husband. I don't frame my work - as I prefer a clean edge and modern lines. But you can if you wish.
I have completed four new fully painted works this way since February. Maroon Bells- Winter, 24 x 48", acrylic on panel, pictured above, will be displayed in an upcoming April exhibition at Helikon Gallery in Denver. Details HERE . Come see them in person. I will be at both receptions and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the work.