CUSTOM PISTOLERA original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage commission for a Spanish Hacienda style home in Southern California. Features a female gunslinger/pistolera with floral shirt and soft vintage hues.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 46.25" H x 38.25" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-built salvaged metal
  • Residential commmission


Every commissioned artwork begins with a thorough discussion with the client to determine general direction/theme, size and budget. We sometimes ask clients to complete a questionnaire for a more detailed description of the desired artwork. After these initial discussions, I create 1-2 starting sketches with pencil for the client to review theme, subject matter and overall composition. Then, once approved, I create color mock-ups to confirm the color scheme choices.

For this commission, I created a completely new and unique composition, formerly untitled but known as the Pistolera. The Spanish term pistolero refers to a gunman or armed bandit. Of course, here we have a beautiful gun-woman brandishing a shotgun. Pistolera also refers to a holster, generally a holder for a smaller firearm. Here the “holder” is of course the woman herself.

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.