Mixed Media Collage
The approach to these mixed media painting/collage pieces is reductive. From an observed landscape or still life comes a relationship between shape, color, texture and value. There is a richness in the massing of shapes that help to both UN-realize the initial image and then move the painting toward having its own identity.
Great Spruce Head Island Series from "ART WEEK"
Tolman attended "art week" at Great Spruce Head Island, the summer residence of Fairfield and Eliot Porter. There Tolman experimented with both representational and abstract approaches using paint and paper. His motivation was Fairfield Porter's incredible body of work from that location as well as Hans Hoffman who lived and worked at the same time as Porter. Tolman, who was trained as an academic realist was looking to build a hybrid look that is featured in the work above.