I titled this 24"H x 18"W piece "Beckoning" as the stairs feel like an invitation to come down to the lake. I made three digital alterations of this scene in Michigan, tiled out 18 sheets of legal paper and cut them all into 1/4" strips and combined those with text and handmade paper. I felt like the trees on the left needed something more to activate the dark green shapes; the answer was found at the Michigan Banker's Conference I was attending with my husband. The gentlemen at the Federal Reserve booth gave me little bags of shredded $1000 bills... so of course I used them in my art!!! I guess I've made a "money tree"!
My friend Rae took the original photo, so when she saw the finished collage she said she had to buy it. I told her I wanted to have it for my Michigan show in August/September, and then she can "take possession" of the art. :-) The first photo is of the finished collage (on 2" deep cradled panel) and the 2nd and 3rd photos are detail shots showing the text and the shredded currency.