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Painting Outside The Box

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whether it's a "brush" stroke of genius or an assault on the senses is a matter of opinion, but one thing is certain: In an age where sustainability and "green living" is taking center stage, Jim Battell found a way to reduce, reuse and recycle while creating art.

The Spokane artist paints on triple corrugated cardboard before using a razor blade to cut, scrape and peel layer of paper from his pieces giving his art three dimensions.

"You can't do that with regular canvas," he says.

Battell was sitting in a library about ten years ago when a librarian mentioned that she needed to produce an art exhibit before her boss returned from a trip. Battell went home and started painting things he found at home. He liked cardboard best.

"I'd say it doesn't matter what medium you use," said Battell. "I'd say art is the creativity involved."

Now his art is displayed in coffee shops, cafes and display cases across Spokane. Several pieces sit in the window of the Bing Theater.

Because he paints on cardboard, Battell calls his art "Dumpster Art."

"I'm liberating it or saving it before it hits the dumpster," he said.

Most of his cardboard is donated from friends and business owners who support keeping the cardboard out of landfills.

The "green" art has helped Battell collect a little green cash, too. He says several paintings have sold for hundreds of dollars. One sold for almost $5,000.

He also donates pieces to be auctioned for local charities.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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