Mixed media and collage
Kanawha County
Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting

Dick Allowatt

My work is usually inspired by vintage objects, books and ephemera which I seek and collect. I am drawn to the aged finish and patina of these materials and very seldom have a preconceived notion of what I will create. What excites me is discovering new and unexpected relationships for incongruent materials and images. Along with paint and other traditional mediums, I guide these forgotten materials to their new home. For me, the thrill is in the unpredictable journey and the surprise destination.


I am a native West Virginian and currently live in St. Albans. I’ve worked my life as a graphic designer and advertising art director and continue to freelance while focusing on my personal art in collage, mixed media and assemblage. I have participated in many juried exhibitions statewide and nationally and have won a number of awards. I am a juried Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia artist and Signature Member of the National Collage Society.