BURRO COUNTRY original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

This paper collage features a burro and quail in a spring desert landscape in bright hues of teal, pink and green. Southwestern art merges hand-cut paper collage with painting. Finished with modern wood frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 47.75" H x 47.75" W (framed)
  • Frame: metallic-silver wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back


In the distance, I could see others who looked like me, eating desert grains and lying beneath pinyon and thornberry bush. - Dolan Geiman

When I first came to this country, it was on a ship. I was young then. No one knew my name, and they spoke in whips and spit. I ate bits of grain that I found in the cracks in the floor. I drank nothing. When we landed I was sent out to carry loads up and down the rocky roads to towns unbuilt. A rusted pitchfork and a pile of twine were my companions most nights, along with the cold moon that I could see outside my stall.

One night, 200 years later, everything changed. I was older then. Someone was outside in the dark, moving in the mid of night. He spoke my name, my true name, and I was startled. He landed on the windowsill and said his name was Codorniz, and tonight, I was to be free. He flew down and with his gentle wings unclasped my leather restraints and led me out into the night. The cold moon was hiding its face behind a red mesa: it didn't see me trotting down into the darkness of the canyon.

The next day I awoke with my new brother in a sea of brightly colored cacti and stones. "Welcome home, brother Burro", he said, as he pecked at a juniper berry. I gazed upon the desert landscape and in the distance could see others, who looked like me, eating desert grains and lying beneath pinyon and thornberry bush. That night, Codorniz brought more friends to greet me - Coyote, Jackrabbit, Tortoise - and we sang songs that painted the dark sky with vivid shades of blues and greens.

As I drifted off to sleep, the song of Coyote reminded me that everyone had made a journey to arrive here, to this sacred place.



Each Dolan Geiman collage is crafted from hand-cut vintage papers sourced over decades of exploration and careful categorizing, held dearly until the perfect piece arrives to claim their colors and texture. Learn more about the making of paper collages here.

Limited Series

Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Works indicated with “limited series” are reiterations of a recurring theme or concept.

A Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request.

  • Each piece in a limited series is created with an inimitable collection of found materials: no two are exactly alike, although they may look similar at a glance.
  • Details, colors, specific materials, typography and frame will differ from work to work.

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Dolan Geiman Paper Collages

Dolan's signature paper collage artwork celebrates America's West and Southwest. Color, composition, and detail come to life in hand-cut vintage materials, many salvaged in Dolan's cross-country travels.

Creating the original collage starts with a wood panel. Dolan pulls vintage sheet music from his vast collection and applies these to the wood, first with glue, then with a top layer of whitewash paint. In many prints, this background layer of sheet music peeks through.

Next, Dolan draws the outline for the original collage in graphite atop the sheet music.

Dolan returns to his extensive trove of collected papers – think magazines, antique textbooks, handwritten letters salvaged from abandoned farmsteads - and begins pulling the ideal colors for the piece. He cuts each piece of material by hand and carefully layers into the artwork. These collages are carefully crafted from thousands of small papers: no two are exactly alike.

Dolan's paper collages are finished in a handmade frame constructed from salvaged metal or a modern, minimal wood or metal frame.