The term paintsaics does not appear in the dictionary because it is a word I came up with myself. Years ago I cut approximately ten canvases from their frames because the paintings were not very good. Instead of throwing them away, I rolled them up and stuck them under my bed. One day when I was cleaning I rediscovered the rolled up canvases and wondered what I was going to do with them. I thought about what the paintings would look like if they were cut up and reassembled in a mosaic (collage) fashion. I spent the next seven weeks creating nine of the ten paintsaics. I completed the tenth piece a month after I finished the ninth. This process ended when all of the cut up pieces from the canvases were used up. If one compares one paintsaic to another paintsaic they will notice pieces from the same original painting. Thus, there is creating a continuity between all ten paintsaics. So, paintsaics is a combination of the words paintings and mosaics. The paintings were paintings and when they were cut and reassembled in a mosaic fashion they became paintsaics. Some of the paintsaics have more than one hundred pieces from canvases. The largest paintsaic contains one hundred and five separate pieces.