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These collages are made from magazine cutouts

These collages are made from magazine cutouts that take about 50-60 hours

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Whitney Anderson spends hours pouring through glossy pages of magazines, snipping them into small squares and creating a paper palette of thousands of colors. So before you write this off as an eccentric hobby wait until you see the extraordinary results.

Creating these pieces are quite the process, each collage takes between 50-60 hours. Anderson claims she learned her craft while attending Duke University. "It was a tough school and I just wanted to do something that was up my alley and I could get my diploma easier with," Anderson told affiliate Seattle Refined.

Anderson was a cross country runner and running was her life until she tore her upper hamstring and there she found comfort in creating art. "Art has always been like a therapy to me," she said. "It's almost kind of like - been there as almost a friend."

The Seattle-based artist was already an accomplished artist and she uncovered her passion for making collages by accident.

"I didn't have my paints with me, and there was a big stack of magazines over here and some paper," she explained. "And I put two and two together and I thought 'Oh! I'm gonna try something new."

Her work includes fanciful takes on her favorite animals. "I have a large series of horse collages, orcas - definitely my favorite sea animal - [and] some pink elephants thrown in there."

She's also done large mosaic style portraits including Cindy Crawford, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan. For her collage of Blondie singer Debbie Harry, she used fifty pages of hair ads to create her hair - capturing Harry's epic cool-girl vibe on canvas. For Anderson, making collages is a metaphor for life.

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"I started thinking about that after doing several collages oh this is kind of what life is like. You think something doesn't add up until you step back and as in years later and you look at your life and that's considered stepping back and looking at this masterpiece that you've done."
Whitney Anderson, artist

You can see more of Whitney's art on her Instagram and Facebook.

Affiliate Seattle Refined contributed to this report.

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