Before I begin painting, I work out my compositions and color in a miniature collage format. Making experimental papers of abstracted textures based on 15 basic patterns found in mountain and desert landsapes. These papers become the fragments, the fractals, the strata of elements that combine to form new familiar geological patterns and landscapes vignettes. This collage step removes me from the reality of place and puts me in a moment of memory and nostalgia, discovery and exploration.
Here are some examples of recent collages. They remain in the artists collection and are exhibited upon occasion.