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Recollect Studio Projects

Photos made into stories

As an artist, I love to tell stories in a visual way. And I love the idea of saving family photos for the next generation.

My idea is to use digital technology to save the photos and tell the story in a contemporary way.

I scan the photos and use the computer the design the story. Then I print out the final piece using archival inks on high-quality paper that can be framed.


Here's a composite of my dad, Jimmy Patterson, with some papers he brought home after he was discharged from the Navy in 1943.

The final piece measures 20x16 inches.


This is my grandad, Pat Patterson. He was a band director in the 1930's at an Oklahoma City high school. He passed away when I was eight years old. My children didn't know him, of course, but now they know a little about who he was.

The final printed piece measures 20x16 inches.


This collection of photos is all about the women in my family that came before me. Both of my grandmothers, one great-grandmother, several aunts, and my mother are in this piece. I made a label for the back that describes who each image represents. My daughter will now know the women before her.

I also made a print for both of my sisters.

The final piece measures 19x15 inches.

This piece was featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine January 2007.

If you would like to talk to me about creating your personal Recollect Studio piece, please email me.