Highways - The Inspiration Behind My Mixed Media Collage

Finger Prints, Highway Prints , acrylic with combined media on canvas, 36" x 24"

Finger Prints, Highway Prints, acrylic with combined media on canvas, 36" x 24"

  I wrote in a previous mixed media artist blog about my discovery of abstract collage art through a series of workshops I was able to attend. This bit of history behind how I came to do acrylic and collage art really points up the freedom I feel when doing abstract collage work. These special workshops allowed me the freedom to explore and experiment. I started to create from my own imagination as mixed media artist. No longer do I feel trapped by the landscapes I used to do in pastel.

But even though I had this freedom to soar as a mixed media artist, my collage paintings were grounded in something familiar to people - highways. I began finding metaphors, then phrases, then words to name my mixed media collage paintings. They are all about highways, traveling and motion. These three concepts are so intertwined in the mixed media art that I create.

End of the Line , acrylic with combined media on canvas, 24" x 36"

End of the Line, acrylic with combined media on canvas, 24" x 36"

I am amazed with the super highways I try to capture in my collage paintings. Their intersections, with on and off ramps strategically placed, remove the confusion out of traveling upon them. The five level junction, where multiple levels of highway spin and turn, looks like spaghetti noodles flung into the air. When following the course of the freeway, there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to how they are built, one on top of the other. Yet highways work.

Cars and trucks flow through the maze with only a few accidents at any one time. It is this layering of asphalt, steel and concrete on the road beds which interests me as a mixed media artist, as well as the layering of exit and on ramps which traverse across one another at intersections that I try to capture in my collage art.

My highway abstract collage paintings illustrate different ways of traveling; different reasons for traveling the way we do; different roads we travel on; and different goals for traveling. All these common yet often overlooked concepts I try to capture in each piece of my mixed media collage “Highway Series”.