Collage attracted me as a vehicle to encourage my students to move beyond representational images. Students habitually focus on reproducing detail. I asked that they select a work of their own creation, tear it into random pieces, and then concentrate on design while reassembling it into a new work. This process enabled them to engage their imagination in placing, altering, and adding other materials to the image. Over time, using my own watercolors, I have adopted many of these same techniques.
Favorite themes include landscapes and water birds although many other subjects such as a person or a still life do make appearances. Dartmoor in England has also become central to my work. It is a timeless place with dramatic vistas of sweeping spaces and open sky. It is barren hills with great stone formations jutting into the sky, it is turbulent creeks nurturing a tangle of vegetation along their banks, and it is grazing land for sheep, cows, and horses. All go their way without fences, undisturbed by a human presence.
Foley Blackman earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA from the University of Rhode Island. She is an exhibiting artist member of the Art League of Rhode Island and the Providence Art Club.