CUSTOM ADELITA + VAQUERO SET original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage commission for a newlywed couple. Features a Day of the Dead cowgirl and cowboy with custom personal details requested by the couple.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 46" H x 38" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-built salvaged metal
  • Residential commmission
  • Read the inspiration behind this series and receive a first look at works like her: learn more.


Look closely and you will see tiny stories unfolding, like thier new life together. - Dolan Geiman

It is always such a joy to create a custom work (or works!) for clients. When this dynamic duo reached out to request a set of his-and-her portraits to celebrate their wedding, I was thrilled for the opportunity to create some brand new characters in their likeness -- highly-stylized, of course.

These collages were developed in consultation with the clients over several months, then hand-framed in matching salvaged tin frames.

Look closely and you will see tiny stories unfolding, like their new life together, little tidbits of personal motifs, imagery and character.

Interested in your own custom piece? Please reach out about a commission.



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.


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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.