I, Tom Doran, am an essentially self taught artist. Twenty years ago I made hundreds of large abstract paper collages. In 2015, I began to make what I call “Pixel Collages” on the iPad using the skills that I developed making paper collages. Pixel Collages are like paper collages but take full advantage of digital tools. For example, I frequently layer and blend images, which is impossible with paper collages.
I am also a jazz musician and from that I take the practice of improvisation into my art with some parts of the process improvised through gestures. Also from jazz, I use the concept of feeding the viewer “just enough” letting them fill out the rest. Users have a richer and more diverse experience as a result.