Piece description from the artist
As a painter, I began playing around with collage as a way to use old unsuccessful paintings and drawings and found it quite liberating.
I am not against using magazine images, but I want my students to make many different materials from scratch. I try to elicit an individual touch from each student I work with. I might, for example, have a class start off by tracing different plants with colored pens. Then we would cut those “drawings” up for collage and combine them with other hand painted papers.
Alexandra Sheldon has been creating visual art since she was just a child. At the age of fourteen, several adults in her community volunteered to mentor her by sharing their crafts, including silk screening, weaving, print making, and drawing – that early guidance proved to be a very formative experience.
For more than twenty years, Alexandra excelled as a landscape and still life oil painter—then one day she was asked to fill in for a local collage instructor. She found herself suddenly in love with the freedom collage offered artists, and it very quickly became her primary art form.
Today, Alexandra enjoys teaching collage workshops and selling her own “painterly collages” to collectors worldwide.