Portriat2My whimsical creations are one-of-a-kind hand-crafted originals.

People have fun trying to identify the parts used in my assemblages, and often ask me where I find the various items and gadgets used to assemble them.  They also want to know how I go about creating something out of so many unrelated parts.

I spend a lot of free time scouring garage sales, church rummage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for once-useful objects and pieces of objects.  I then conceptualize a whimsical train, car, hot air balloon, or perhaps an airplane or motorcycle. Sometimes I will find some particularly inspiring item, and that will serve as a springboard for an idea.  Other times I will have in mind a certain type of piece I want to build and will utilize what I have on hand.  I work exclusively from my imagination (no sketches) and spend a lot of time cleaning and polishing the parts.  Clear varnish is sprayed on those parts that are prone to tarnishing.  I use bolts and screws to securely fasten the parts to each other.  Nothing is welded and glue is rarely used.  The result is a fun, interesting, and completely original display of mostly recognizable parts given new life in a home or office.

I began this fun hobby in the 1970’s while working as a graphic artist.  Now that I am retired, I can spend my time on this fun hobby.  I quit doing traveling art shows in 2012, but I did enjoy having an opportunity to travel and meet people, as well as having an outlet for my creativity.

I’ve lived in the Richardson/Plano, Texas area for forty-five years.  I am married with three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in the North Dallas area.

JAY’S WORK CAN BE VIEWED AT GIDDENS GALLERY

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  1. I’m hoping to contact Mr. Garrison. My husband and I purchased one of his whimsical ‘planes’ years ago at Cottonwood Art Festival. Unfortunately, in a cross-country move, the movers broke the large plastic wheels from the plane. We have relocated to Arlington, TX, and I would like to surprise my husband by replacing the wheels, so that we can hang our plane and allow it to ‘fly’ again in our new home. Please let me know how I can contact Mr. Garrison.

    Kathleen Luedtke-Hoffmann
    • Hello Kathleen,
      I sent a copy of your request to Jay and expect he will contact when can. His wife is recovering from an issue so it may not be right away. Thanks for contacting us. Hopefully you can soon visit Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine. We have several of Jay’s pieces as well a great selection of 2D & 3D one of a kind art pieces.
      Blessings,
      John Giddens

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