Artist Jay Garrison spends a lot of his free time scouring garage sales, church rummage sales, thrift stores and flea markets looking for once-useful objects and pieces. These different parts then become something new and whimsical, as Jay imagines them as a hot air balloon, train, car, motorcycle or airplane.
Jay works exclusively from his imagination and never makes sketches. Much of his time is spent cleaning and polishing the parts. He uses bolts and screws to fasten the parts together, nothing is welded and he rarely uses glue.
Jay began creating his found object assemblages during the 1970s when he worked as a graphic designer. Now that he is retired, he enters his assemblages in five to six art shows a year. He lives in Plano, Texas.