ARTIST STATEMENT : COLLAGE I derive great joy from living on the central coast of California. My inspiration is tangled piles of kelp, distressed tree limbs along with a lifelong study of music. My current focus and body of work is collage composed of fragments of discarded intaglio prints, encaustic monotypes and drawings. Sometimes the collages are mounted on panel with additional painted imagery, sometimes they are mounted on paper. The result is never ending hours of challenge, problem solving and fun as I attempt to make visual sense of these puzzle-like fragments. Each collage is configured differently yet shares many commonalities with the ones that proceeded it.