Collage is sometimes referred to as mixed media, though that term can take on meanings beyond collage. It would be more appropriate to say that collage is one form of mixed media. Derived from the French verb coller, meaning "to glue," collage is a work of art made by gluing things to the surface. It is similar to découpage, a 17th century French practice of decorating furniture with pictures.
Quite often, collage is seen as a mixture of "high" and "low" art. High art meaning our traditional definition of fine art and low art referring to that made for mass-production or advertisements. It is a newer form of modern art and is a popular technique employed by many modern& contemporary artists in order to offer a strong commentary on social issues through familiar imagery and objects. It adds to the dimension of the pieces and can further illustrate a point. The message may not be blatant, but can often be found within the context.
Drawing on such rich tradition, I am committed to creating a growing series of mixed media on paper and canvas art collages that explore color, textural juxtaposition and the interplay of light and shadow. Not surprisely, my intimate and sensitive use of abstract collage techniques rely on highly saturated colors that shimmer as briliantly radiant as jewels and as enticing as childhood memories.