The West Series

One of my earlier series, most pieces being made from 2005 through 2009, was inspired by my love for the west. At that time one of the techniques I used was to make a piece at a small size, between four and ten inches, in art – collage from my palettes (see The Lakota Spirits), painting, etc. I then would take that image to a photo lab, and have them make a large black and white print to my specifications, and I would start over again turning that print into the colors of my original with dyes and paints. This was a time consuming process, but it was an interesting discipline and I also felt it had a unique graphic quality, and also utilized some of the techniques from my days as a photo retoucher. Another technique was to create an original piece using the collage technique with painting and other mixed media, having the piece stand as is.