Collage and mixed media pieces are some of my favorite things to create. Whether it's using found images and an X-ACTO, Photoshop-or some combination to make something new.
Collage & spray paint on 12 X 12 paper. There is almost a kabuki like quality that I find appealing to this piece. The collection of source material is somewhere around 15 to 20, which is high for me. I can usually construct my images around 5 or 6, but I am finding myself drifting away from that self-imposed rule these days. I love the purple and there is a slight haze of powder blue that lives along the top of the paper, too. As I built this, some wear & tear occurred; the natural chemicals in my hands conflicting with the spray paint color. I love the imperfections-the original currently hangs at my door, which is rare since I’m not always 100% when it comes to putting up my own work on the walls of my house.
Mixed media/Montana Spray Paint/Collage
Mixed media on 11 X 17 paper.
I find myself drawn to sci-fi notions more often than not. Although, I am more in the camp that man will always be the biggest threat to himself vs. any other mechanical life form. That’s why the space explorer looks almost as if he/she is casting the cybergenetic beast onward as the eyes of cultures below look on. Heavy, I know.
Obviously, this contains cut & paste techniques, but I also implemented acrylics for the wash effect in the background.
Found images along with colored pencil and digital, 10 X 16.
The body of the central creature in this piece actually came from an old wind up toy that I found online & thought looked cool. I’m always resistant to using colored pencils, but I fought myself on this one and was decently pleased with the outcome.
The matching hats on the bird and the spaceman may play a little cute, but sometimes you just need to shrug it off and go cute.
Acrylic, mixed-media and collage on paper. Around 10” X 16”
I used a cut-out from a screen print run I had done a few years before producing this image as the base on this piece. The green man in the suit underneath the bird head is what I am referring to. I printed that run on a silver metallic paper while I lived in Chicago and the prints made the trip with me when we moved back to Texas.
I wanted to convey a duality in the piece-what’s going on outside a person vs. what’s happening inside. I used heavy body acrylics for the facial features in the head underneath the cut-out head. I think the mouth is actually a dog’s mouth. You can read into that what you’d like. Overall, the idea of thievery of thought seemed to be central to where I was trying to take this.
Mixed media - collage, digital and acrylic on particle card stock.
I always forget that the shadow in the circle underneath the monster mouth gave the look of eyes and a face. Almost a shadowy, sad expression vs. a devouring creature of the Dutch Man (?!) in mid-swing. I got super enthusiastic with a Fiskars circle cutter one afternoon, which came in handy when I was constructing the monster’s body. The mustard colored background was done in acrylic with crackle paste.
I see this piece just kind of representing life, the biggest monster of all. You might as well lean in and learn the steps, because the music never stops.
Mixed media, collage and digital.
So much of what's happening these days just feels like bullshit told by various beasts. The object is to try and remain vigilant in the face of the BS laid out on a regular basis.
Digital and traditional collage/mixed media, 8.5 X 11.
The creepy old Halloween masks were a draw for me when I came across them. I was determined to make some sort of world come to life around them. A lot of what’s happening right now in the world has so many people on edge and acting different. Even when they’re out in public, they still seem to find ways to hide behind something in plain sight.
Traditional and digital collage, 12 X 12.
I think about the screen time we all get exposed to all the time. I started to think about people getting hardwired overtime-feeding their brainwaves back into the bigger mainframe mother machine.
Pink Montana spray paint, cut & paste.
Mixed media on 8 X 8 particle board.
Peter is in trouble, or is he the trouble? Only time will tell …