I create mixed-media collage works by assembling original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink and pencil. The variety of resources I am able to use has proved indispensable to me. The biggest challenge the collage medium initially posed was its unforgiving lack of transparency. Finding a way to replicate the effects of transparency afforded by paint, especially watercolors, was a victory for me, and helped propel my original style to where it is today. The preparing labor shows through in my collages; layer upon layer of material remains visible in the finished pieces. I believe my body of work is characterized by my skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, I revive this aesthetic with a keen and professional eye. The creative objective of my work is to make something beautiful out of dilapidation. My tableaus explore the dissonance between old and new materials, intertwined in the most beautiful possible way to create dreamlike and melancholy images.
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