Mixed Media paint and collage
This is a deconstruction process that begins photographically, then using paint, applied paper and fabric the image becomes increasingly abstract until there is a integral relationship between flattened graphic shape, paint marks and representational space.
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.