August 6th, 2015

Red-tailed Hawk

Artist: Mark Fraley, United States
Artist Statement: I love to play with a variety of tools and techniques. For this first page of a new hardbound 8.5 x 11 Alpha Series sketchbook, I sketched out the image of red tailed hawk, a fascinating bird my son and I love to watch here in Colorado. I used collage for the sky with the help of oceans from an old atlas. I then used some acrylic paint to develop the colors of the bird. I went back to collage to add print and help “locate” the bird as one from Colorado, using travel brochures and magazines. The medium I use to tie it together is matte acrylic gel, it finds it’s way in most everything I do now.

The fun in creating a spread like this to see how unrelated items can juxtapose to create a whole and unique image. I typically don’t pay too much attention to the words found in print, other than how they provide a sense of direction and guide the eye. There’s a playfulness to collage that I don’t find in other mediums and I hope it translates to other people wanting to experiment and wonder what they can create.

You can find more of my work at, on Facebook at Mark Fraley Art, and via email at I love to hear from other artists and find new places of inspiration.

MEDIA: Ink, collage, acrylic pigment, acrylic gel medium
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish




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