How did you do that?

I don't paint, I don't draw, I don't model in clay, I don't chisel away to reveal what's in the stone. I make art out of trash. If you've seen my work, you know that most of my work is close to realistic. I "paint" with the bits of trash, using the colors as is. I don't add any coloring agents -- just use the trash.

Another artist exclaimed over my work and said "How did you do that?" Below is an illustration of one of my process.

The piece in this example is on 12 x 12" paper. It is a portrait of the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

  1. I find an image of my subject matter on the web. I look for images that are tagged for reuse with modification so that I'm not violating someone's copyright.

  2. I use an app on my Mac called Image Tricks Lite to modify the picture. For this one, I applied a CMYK Halftone and then crystalized the image.

  1. Using another app - Affinity - I open the image, resize the file to 12 X 12" and apply a grid with major lines every 1" and minor lines at 1/2" in between.

  2. To prepare the paper, I draw a 1 x1" grid then used colored pencils to block in the major features of the portrait before applying the trash.

  3. I start to apply the trash using glue dots, glue stick, and hot glue.

The next four images, show the progress of applying the trash to create the final image:

The finished collage will be mounted onto a 12X12" canvas, gallery wrapped, and coated with thinned PVA glue.