MOUNTAIN PROTECTOR original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage featuring a great horned owl with outstretched, colorful wings flying high above a snowy mountain range. Paper materials are reclaimed from vintage magazines, old books, handwritten letters and ledgers, then cut by hand to create this statement artwork. This large-scale, horizontal mixed media art merges hand-cut paper collage with painting.

  • Medium: vintage papers and acrylic on wood
  • Size: 39.5" H x 67.5" W
  • Frame: weathered brown wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-ring hangers


"Hand-cut paper collage, using vintage papers I collected throughout the west. Most of the papers I use are found in abandoned spaces: old gas stations, abandoned farmhouses, old ranches. The inspiration for this piece comes from something my mom told me as a child. She always said that owls were sentinels, sitting in trees and keeping watch over us. We grew up on a farm and spent our summers in a cabin when my father worked for the Forest Service. Owls seemed to always be near, keeping a watchful eye. I feel that they are always
mystical, magical."



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.