In graduate school I was intrigued by the Dada art movement in the early 1900’s.  Artists were responding to a world in turmoil by questioning the very definition of art and it’s purpose in society.  I enjoy these lines of inquiry because it challenges everyone involved to wonder about the big picture. What are we really doing here?  Stewing on this, I wanted to challenge my traditional realistic drawing training and turn it into a piece that brought together many methods of creating and pushing the boundaries of what a “drawing” is.  Today the art world calls this “mixed media”, however I don’t much care what category it is in.

I started by drawing first on paper (art on the left).  I then then flipped through my collections of antique maps and textbooks to find images that would enhance the drawing.  This process involved scanning images, computer manipulation, and image transfer prints.  The resulting mixed media piece (art on the right) has texture added to the surface with modeling paste and a glossy finish with epoxy resin.

"Crow Watching" 11"x14" graphite and pastel on paper
"Crow on the Mind" 8"x10" image transfer, graphic from antique anatomy text, molding paste, on map wrapped wood panel
"Pelican Flight" 11"x14" graphite and pastel on paper
"Pelican Soar" image transfer print, vintage anatomy graphic, map, modeling paste, on wood panel
"Seagull River" 11"x14" graphite and gold leaf on paper
"River Thinking" 8"x10" image transfer, gold leaf, glass vials, beads, epoxy resin, map
"Wood Stork" 11"x14" graphite on paper
"Soaring Breath" (side view) 8"x10" image transfers, glass vial, thread, feather, epoxy resin on map wrapped wood panel
"Chickadee Summer" 11"x14" graphite on paper
"Chickadee Topography" 8"x10"x2" image transfer, map, paint, epoxy resin varnish on wood panel
"Cardinal on Defense" 11"x14" graphite and pastel on paper
"Flight" 8"x1"x10" image transfers, light molding paste, epoxy resin, map on wood panel
"Mourning Dove Feather" 11"X14" graphite, light modeling paste, gold leaf on paper
"Mourning Sunrise" 8"x1"x10" image transfers, light modeling texture paste, antique anatomy graphic, map on wood panel
"Mourning Sunrise" 8"x1"x10" image transfers, light modeling texture paste, antique anatomy graphic, map on wood panel
"Quiet Stillness" 8"x1"x10" image transfers, gold leaf, and map on wood panel