In 2011 I started working on a series of photography I call Sewn Photograph Canvas Collage. My first, “Bird of Paradise” was the start of my collaging my photographs together. I had a triptych of different photos of the same bird of paradise flower. I could not photograph the flower so that it would appear the way I wanted it to appear in a single photograph. I started printing on canvas paper, cutting out several copies of the flower, and then pieced the parts together with my sewing machine. This process gave me the image I wanted to compose. I print with my 13″ x 19″ wide format ink jet and use my sewing machine so I can make my pieces as large as possible. I have always preferred printing on canvas because it allows for a more painterly look and with the collage process added, my photographs look more like paintings. I love not having to choose just one image, now I can use my best parts of my several images of to make one perfectly composed photograph.