Art Work > Walks in the Black Hills

An old envelop mailed from Omaha to Rapid City
charcoal, collage, gesso
20"x45"
2015
Praying Mantis
collage, charcoal, gesso
30"x40"
2015
leaves, antlers, antlers, Venetian paper
collage and charcoal
20"x45"
2015
charcoal drawing of natural objects
charcoal on gessoed paper
30x40"
2015
Roadside asparagus
collage, charcoal, gesso
30"x40"
2015
Cold October, birds nest, animal skull
collage, conte crayon, charcoal
20"x45"
January 2015
rose bud, oak leaf, brass vase
collage, walnut ink, gesso and charcoal
30"x40"
2015

During the summer and fall of 2015 I decided to document the collection of natural objects I amassed from my daily walks. I didn't want a standard still life composition so every time I brought something new home I changed the drawing to accommodate the new treasure. This was the closest I've gotten to expressing the feeling inherent in the changing seasons of the Black Hills. This also led to another direction; integrating collage into my drawings. I would start a new drawing that was in keeping with the tenor of the day, the autumnal, fading light, or the color of the sky and my collection of paper scraps and collage materials.