This is how I create.  I find something and I do something with it. It might be a napkin, a quote, an object, a person, or a combination of all of them.  But whatever or whoever it is, I will transform it.  I will combine, destroy, build, repurpose, take apart, hide, reveal and more. It’s what makes art fun and interesting for me. It’s how I think about things and people I see. I think about what I can do with them visually to say something of interest to me and others.

Here are some of the things I have transformed over the years. There are more, most of which you can see at the same site that these links go to.

Rejection letters – a series I did in response to hundreds of rejection letters I got while applying for full-time teaching positions in the 80s and 90s.

Now You Know

Faces – A recent series I am doing on my iPad using my fingers (in most cases) to paint portraits based on photos and/or screenshots.

Digital Portrait #24

Mannequins and Games – Three Dimensional artwork that started with plastic or modeled mannequin heads that I turned into light boxes.  Also a foosball table I turned into a self-portrait.

Woman with Hands Reaching - on

Bible – Drawings done in the bible I used from the mid-90s until about 2000 or so.
A Woman Thinking Things

Book – I started with the book titled ‘Of Human Bondage’ and collaged into various pages photographs of the body in bondage.

Teeth in Bondage 2

Famous artwork – I started with a book on Impressionism and glued onto the images photos of body impressions.

Impressionist Composition 6

Drawing, commentary and all artwork © 2016 Marty Coleman |

Quote by James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891, American poet


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