The owner of Broadway Jewelry & Visual Arts, a new gallery in Rochester, approached me recently and asked if I’d like display some of my work there. This was unexpected but came at a great time considering the new image transfer technique I have been working on where I transform my original photography into canvas based mixed-media art. It’s a fun process with very pleasing results.
The digitally captured image is reversed before being printed on standard-weight paper with a high quality laserjet printer. Using acrylic gel medium, water, time, and effort, the image is transfered from the paper to the gallery-wrapped canvas. The process of removing the paper pulp by hand is what creates the distress markings and makes each image completely unique; no two pieces will come out the same. Once the image is transferred and dry, I apply additional acrylic gel to create texture; this also adds a strong layer of protection to the piece. I finish off by signing the back, then installing the canvas into the custom floater frame.
These pieces, sized 8×10 or 11×14, are a result of this process:
I brought a few samples in to show and before too long my work was officially consigned and on display. You can find my canvas work along with prints and notecards for sale at Broadway Jewelry & Visual Arts in Rochester, MN. It’s a great shop and he’s got a lot of talented artists – I’m humbled to be included among them.
Go check it out and support local art!