Greg Thatcher on Mixed Media
I love to work in mixed media because I can be spontaneous, creative, and play with a wide range of materials. Mixed media encourages me and inspires me to stretch and combine seemingly disparate materials; to create new dynamic levels in my compositions. I try to incorporate local materials when I work with mixed media to create a link between my work and the location where I’m working. When I was working on a series of thatched cottages, I researched the materials used for thatch roofs. I learned that the thatchers’ first choice is Norfolk reed which grows in ponds, streams and waterways in the UK. We found a stream and cut some Norfolk reed. I began to use the reed as a border around my drawings and prints. See ‘Devon Thatch Cottage’ as an example.