I am a self taught artist. I have always been fascinated by, and drawn to, the split images created by vertical blinds and the shadow patterns created by sunlight streaming through blinds onto floors, walls, etc. When you think about it, virtually everything that your eyes see is a mosaic of disjointed images. I am also intrigued by photography that attempts to define "slices" of time, which takes the form of multiple shots of the same or similar image.
A distant and a close-up view of the same work of art will produce a distinctly different emotional response. I usually work on as many as 8 to 12 pieces at a time. The entire process to complete a piece can take from several weeks to many months, some of the larger pieces have taken a year.
It is not possible to visualize the completed collage in its entirety prior to beginning the piece. Each piece develops at its own pace. I first establish size and basic color parameters and configuration of each paper cutout or strip. It is usually something serendipitous that determines "why" and "how" I actually begin a piece. I react viscerally to the texture and color of the images I decide to use. The sources of the paper material I use include my own extensive portfolio of photographs, shreds of magazine ads, parts of pictures in annual reports, wall paper, etc. I am not limited as to what I might employ in any one of my pieces.
From an early age I had an affinity for taking underexposed Kodachrome slides, which produced pictures saturated with color. This is probably the main reason I have a propensity to use vivid colors in many of my collages. I think of my work as “painting with bits of pictures”. I started creating my paper collages in 1979.
I started doodling as far back as the mid 1960s. I have accumulated, conservatively, in excess of 35,000 doodles over the years. The doodles just flow out of the tip of the writing utensil I am using at the moment. I do some of my best doodling when I am on a business conference call and am concentrating on the topic being discussed.
It was not until I started to review my doodles I had been keeping in large scrapbooks that I realized that there is an entire body of work that ought to be presented properly. I am now, slowly, trying to do so by self publishing many of my doodles in a series of books, which are available at www.Blurb.com/bookstore/invited/776685/056715b0334751af3d740c9dbcf051c8
I created limited editions of six (6) of my paper collages. Each edition is comprised of 300 prints. These lithos are available for sale. Please contact me by e-mail for availability. Also, I have several books of my paper collages and my doodles available at www.Blurb.com/bookstore/invited/776685/056715b0334751af3d740c9dbcf051c8