Donnalynn Chase
My muse, Tesha, and I (circa 1900)
About donnalynn (aka dl):

I love all things paper and have been a collector all my life of things that attract me. Collage came naturally to me through my obsession with collecting and saving greeting cards, books, trading cards, and more. Since having to pack all our collections for our move to The Sea Ranch, I now focus on how to incorporate my “collections” into new projects. Hunting for that perfect old book or antique ephemera is still one of my favorite things to do.

My reverence for books and all things paper has deepened as technology seems to be making paper and associated ephemera obsolete. Currently I am primarily using papers that are over 50 years with the majority being over 100 years old. At times, I feel like a custodian or librarian of valuable papers and entrusted to either bring them back to life or keep them safe. A unique quality of my art work is that I very rarely use photocopies or digital resources since I prefer to use original paper materials. I am truly a cut and paste analog collage artist.

As a self-taught artist, I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate being involved in our local art community. The professionalism and inclusiveness of this community has truly inspired and supported me. I have participated in several open call art exhibits at the Gualala Arts Center and have acted as curator for many exhibits there. In addition, I co-founded the Gualala Arts collage interest group which meets twice a month. My collages are shown at The Discovery Gallery in Gualala and my home studio is open year round by appointment.

Currently I am realizing my dream of making art a daily routine. Retired from teaching and coaching in the Bay Area and moving to a remote environment has allowed me to indulge in my passion.

Collage & mixed media

Collage is a visual art technique in which photographs, handmade papers, advertisements, and other suitable objects are pasted on a flat surface. The artist can explore ideas, layer thoughts and feelings, advocate concepts, and preserve history with this process. It wasn’t until the mid-1900s that it was considered a “fine art” form and a process to explore the unconscious.

Mixed media is a visual art technique that involves more than one medium; such as a collage that incorporates acrylic painting or a painting that includes stamping, collage and pastels. This technique of combining more than one medium in an art piece is also a relatively new technique, as compared to the traditional “fine art” we are familiar with.

Both collage and mixed media have expanded the artist’s palette and freedom for personal expression and renders a distinct visual vocabulary.