February: Miriam Grace Selby

Collage is the art of surprise. Surprise occurs by free associating unusual shapes, colors, designs and materials to produce something unexpected and hopefully joyous.
My subject matter is nature or abstract art, using organic and geometric shapes. I frequently use bits of nature in my piece — leaves, grasses, bark — within the layers. Papers are handmade and transparent. A common feature is letterforms, for their intrinsic design and to depict human communication. Techniques include: monoprinting, acrylic and watercolor painting. All types of adhesives are used for effect and in laying down papers and other ephemera.
My work is award-winning and is accepted in juried shows. I am a member of Artists in Action in Salem, and Keizer Art Association, in Keizer. Three of my works are hung in the Salem Health Foundation’s Patient Tower wing. I have participated in festivals and exhibits throughout Oregon over the last 20 years.
A native Oregonian, I recently moved back to the Portland area. I have a lifetime of interest in design and art. I have taken all manner of art classes throughout my life — watercolor, colored pencil, calligraphy, acrylics, encaustics, and many collage and mixed media classes. My work background includes working in local government, teaching college, owning a database development company and producing safety training materials. Most recently, as a book publisher, I owned my own small press company. Currently in semi-retirement, I am pursuing creating art full time and exploring where it leads.
I can be reached at ms@miriamselbyart.com. My website is www.miriamselbyart.com.