In the Studio with Will Marino

Will Marino is one of our newest artists at JCO'S Place, and is the inventor of repurposed dartboard art!  His incredible work features an extremely unique, detailed, and laborious method that we've featured at length below.  Even a small piece can take Will up to 80 hours to create!

Step 1: The dartboards

Step 1: The dartboards

Step 2: Broken down & ready to unwind

Step 2: Broken down & ready to unwind

Will starts with paper dartboards, he then smashes out the center to gain access to the paper strips that are contained within each layer.  At this point, Will begins the long, arduous process of extracting the rings of wound paper and pulling them apart until he's reached the outer edge of the dartboard.  After all of the rings of wound paper have been removed, he begins unwinding them into long strips that are similar in thickness to a brown paper bag.  Once this step is complete, he is left with hundreds of ribbons of paper, whose edges show just the color and pattern from the original face of the dartboard.  

Step 3: The unwound paper dartboards

Step 3: The unwound paper dartboards

Once the strips of paper within the dartboard are unwound, he begins the process of reshaping and rolling each ribbon into the exact shape, color, and pattern he envisions.  As these ribbons are reassembled, intricate spirals and concentric circles emerge. We should note that there are no other materials involved in this process; the only color visible comes from the wedges, numbers, and text found on the original dartboard face. 

Step 4: Some wound paper elements

Step 4: Some wound paper elements

Step 5: The rough drawing

Step 5: The rough drawing

Step 6: Laying out the wound elements on the rough drawing

Step 6: Laying out the wound elements on the rough drawing

After the various shapes are formed, he then tightly packs each shape on top of the rough sketch.  He diligently matches each piece of rolled paper in order to create images that reference the movement and flow of water and air, as well as the sparkle and shimmer of the night sky.

Step 7: Some of the various wound elements on the rough drawing

Step 7: Some of the various wound elements on the rough drawing

Step 8: Glueing down to the finished surface

Step 8: Glueing down to the finished surface

It's an extremely intricate process of placing the pieces and filling in every nook and cranny of the design.  These pieces are even more incredible in person, as the depth and dimension really comes across in a way that is not apparent in pictures.  Seeing Marino's pieces in person are truly an experience; it takes seeing them in person to understand and appreciate the time and effort that went into each piece, especially on the scale that some of these works are.  The artwork featured in this post, titled 'Shadow Dance, is 37.5" X 39" X 2.5". 

Step 9: Close to the end product

Step 9: Close to the end product

Step 10: Getting closer, almost there

Step 10: Getting closer, almost there

Step 11: The finished work

Step 11: The finished work

Be sure to come into JCO'S Place from April 21st to May 17th to check out Will Marino's work during our Mother's Day show - Viewing Nature thru Art - along with Shannon AmidonJay Ruland, & Holly Van Hart. The work from this eclectic mix of artists is truly unique & really emanates nature's inherent beauty. 


JCO'S Place: Fine Art | Los Gatos is located at 45 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, next door to the recently renovated Los Gatos Theatre.