As a self-taught artist, John Ton has created his own mixed media technique, by using spent ammunition casings to produce art. “There is a mountain I often hike on near Reno, where I live, that is littered with shotgun shell cases. My first thoughts were that this unsightly litter might somehow be recycled; it then occurred to me that perhaps some form of art might be made from them. They have an apparently infinite variety of colors, and the casings that have weathered in the sun for a while can fade to a very interesting light blue, lavender and even white sometimes,” Ton says. He now collects bullet shells from public and “unsanctioned” ranges in Nevada and California and uses them to make “ammosaics,” with images reflecting the realities of accident victims, including those he meets as a volunteer at the V.A. Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Nevada.