COTOPAXI SAGE original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

A classic Southwest scene rendered in hand-cut paper featuring owl, sage brush, cacti, lizard, and elk shed in still-life like arrangement. This collage-painting entitled Cotopaxi Sage features acrylic and watercolor painting techniques over-layered with collage.

  • Medium: vintage papers and paint on wood panel
  • Size: 46.5" H x 31.5" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in classical black oxide frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back


I'm driven by nature and I love to explore. It's a dangerous and wonderful combination in the Southwest. - Dolan Geiman

So many of my muses are wild creates of the Southwest landscape. Each animal, bird, insect that I sketch is pulled from a trip I have taken somewhere in that dusty landscape; sitting, watching the sky, watching the grass, watching the sandy dry riverbed. When I go on these trips I navigate by sight and loose intuition-am capricious, and not nailed to a paper or digital map. I watch strange birds flying overhead and chase them in my truck to see where they will alight. I talk to folks at gas stations asking about deer, roadrunners, kangaroo rats…and often get strange glances but sometimes decent intel. I once followed a farmers white pickup to a giant hole in the ground where bats were bending their wings to plummet into the abyss. I’m driven by nature, and I love to explore. It’s a dangerous and wonderful combination in the Southwest.



Sorting to find all the right paper colors prior to cutting in the detail. Learn more about the collage process.

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.