Collage #1: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

In 2002, I started making collages. Over the next three years I made 12 of them. Some were made by myself and some with the help of family or friends. So, join me as I relive some misguided creative expression that has been taped or glued to poster boards over the past 15 years.

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Assembled by Justin (Sometime in 2002)

I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve found this to be true of most things in life. I started with a sheet of poster board, an X-Acto knife, a small white plastic cutting board, some stickers, and some old magazines from the hospital where I worked. I think I assembled this one in one sitting. I’m sure I was listening to some industrial or electronic music while meticulously cutting around heads, hands, and feet. One of my first lessons was the value of background images. I had a hard time cover all of the white space between some of the larger images. Alright, let’s take a look at some detail. Continue reading “Collage #1: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing”


The One Thing That Had the Greatest Impact on My Life

I didn’t know it at the time, but in January of 1981 my life changed forever. I was three years old and my parent’s marriage was entering its fifth year. Friction had turned into fire, and it was clear that my parent’s marriage was in trouble. My dad knew he needed a change in his life, and that change came in the form of Christianity.

1981-09-20 Howard (24) George (39) Sugar Creek Baptized
September 1981: Dad (24) baptized by Pastor George (39)
Overnight, my dad stopped drinking, smoking, cussing, and everything else that resembled his old life. My mom followed suit a week later—after realizing how much she liked the changes she saw in her husband. Continue reading “The One Thing That Had the Greatest Impact on My Life”