STONEWALL ELK original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage features an elk family -- a bull, doe and calf -- with aspen tree grove and mountains in distance. All stones in the wall are constructed individually with hand-cut paper; only the background is painted.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood with acrylic painting
  • Size: 39-7/8" H x 70-3/8" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-assembled weathered brown wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-ring hangers


I stood in the forest and closed my eyes to see a family of elk drifting through the aspen glades and pausing for a moment at some forgotten stone wall. This is usually where the idea starts: when I am on a hike or some snowy adventure or standing waist-deep in a river. Once I get the vision in my head, I trap it there and then try to transfer it to paper as quickly as possible. When I came across the remnants of a moss-covered stone wall next to a picturesque brook at the edge of a farm field, I wondered: how many animals have crossed this way? How many animals have paused here, just like I’m pausing, to study the forest around? Back at my studio desk, I penciled out an answer to those questions in the form of aspens and elk. Once the image was sketched, I gathered up handfuls of brushes and cups of paint and began adding the rest of the ingredients.

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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.