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Magazine Collage Art
The inspiration for my artwork most often comes from nature. Everything about the natural world—the sights, sounds, smells, and textures—stirs me to create. I am especially beguiled by the sea. Through my collages, I am transported back to the calm gulf shores of Sanibel Island, the pink sands of Bermuda, the familiar waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and the many other coastal towns I have explored.
Having worked in various mediums since childhood, I finally found a unique voice through magazine collage. A 16 x 20 inch collage usually takes 30–40+ hours to create, depending on the level of detail. First, I determine the subject for a piece, often using my original photographs as inspiration. After that, I do a pencil sketch on canvas board. The next step is to decide on a color palette, and start going through stacks of magazines to find the colors, shades, and patterns I need. Then I start cutting and gluing, overlapping and layering as I go. There is always reach an exciting point in the process where the piece seems to take over and it guides me where to go.