It took me a while, but I finally found a copy of Mark Hearld's Workbook.
The artwork is stunning. Even better than I'd imagined. I wish it contained more detail about his process, though. The book has a couple photo spreads of his studio and a few works in progress. But the majority of the pages contain reproductions of Hearld's artwork, along with a paragraph or two about what inspired or influenced it.
Oh, the influences! At first I looked up every artist Heard mentions, but there are so many scattered throughout the pages, name upon British name, that I soon got overwhelmed and quit.
I do like Hearld's modern take on folk art, particularly the scherenschnitte. It's an old Pennsylvania Dutch word for "scissor cutting," Growing up in Amish Country, I saw scherenschnitte framed and hung on every wall of every local museum and historical society.
Perhaps my heritage explains my lifelong love of collage. I never thought about it until I started reading Hearld's book.
If I get any free time this weekend, I might try to recreate one of Hearld's collages. Or at least try to make one of my own in his vibrant, richly layered style. Maybe that would help me understand how all the pieces work together to create