My collages may be comprised of a
variety of materials; plant, found objects, paint and drawing. But
they always contain plant elements.
Pressing a flower petal or
leaf is a crude form of making paper. I press my materials between sheets of facial tissue
placed in large telephone books. They dry according to the nature of the plant
material and the climatic conditions. When dry, they are categorized by type and
color and stored in horizontal paper files.
I assemble my selection of natural materials, then cut and adhere them to an
archival surface using a glue formulated to bind and preserve antique and rare
books. I apply the glue with a brush, utilizing a glass palate for a working
surface. The glue is water soluble when working and permanent when dry. When
found objects are incorporated they are attached using various methods.
For over forty years I have developed techniques to achieve
forms of expression including landscapes, portraits and abstractions. I hold
that practice, experimentation and mistakes are the best teachers.