My roots as an artist are in drawing, I like to start with the eyes and see who or what appears. My characters become their own stories, conveying complex ideas within the simplest renderings, which I strive to accomplish by the use of energetic line work and exaggerated form.
I think of all mediums as interchangeable. My use of mixed media is an effort to connect what lays outside the canvas, taking simple, easily recognizable materials, and elevating them symbolically to a place of importance within the composition. My focus is spontaneous expression, and exploration where foreign matter is just matter, and paint is just matter, and it's all the same, in and out, up and down, and so on. I combine collage elements with my characters in a way that eliminates the boundaries between location and image by giving the character and the environment equal billing. This includes my choice of palette...bringing my work to the point where the character is the location, the collage is the paint.
As for the images, they are a direct lineage to my own inner complexities. ~ Michael Copeland