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Mixed Media on canvas, stretched and ready to hang.

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Painted on a custom hand-stretched Swiss or Australian made canvas using spray cans and acrylics. Like all my canvas pieces, it comes ready to hang.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe played a pivotal role in my early years! I couldn't believe it when my family moved to Tasmania from South Africa that NO ONE here knew what it was! It was the eighties and Hobart had three channels on TV - none of them had He-Man. I was devastated. He was my hero, and now when I yelled "I HAVE THE POWER!" I may as well have been yelling "I HAVE LOST MY MIND!" to the other kids.
One of my favourite bits was Cringer transforming from the meek, hyper-cowardly and sensitive house pet into Battlecat - the fearless steed that carried He-Man headlong towards the evil forces of Skeletor!
And the cookies? Well, what better imagination fuel is there? A sneaky raid on the cookie jar in the pantry, on the shelf Mum thought we couldn't reach, and my brother and I were soon trying to hide the crumbs on the carpet,; the choc chips in our teeth giving away our crime.

Bursting with colour and created with an eye for precision, echoing the crisp and clean hand-drawn cartoon shows I fell in love with as a child. My art practice is centred on stirring nostalgia and memories of youth, reliving moments of a time when I had no responsibilities and my only expectation was to play and search out fun!
I hope to spark a little memory or feeling in you, maybe of Saturday mornings with a bowl of cereal in hand, and a weekend of endless possibilities ahead that only ended when the street lights came on.

I love creating smooth colour gradients with spray cans, reminiscent of the hand-painted backgrounds that made for such magical worlds before digital took over. I then obsess over painting solid, glossy colour fills with minimal evidence of brush strokes. The pieces are finally finished with painstakingly applied black outlines, thanks to a thin paintbrush, steady hand and meditative zen-like state!
Precision is important to me and so my pieces are produced to a high standard, including painted edges, so they can brighten your walls with or without a frame.
On occasion I'll present my work styled with a frame to give you, the viewer, an idea of how it could look. I do not supply my works framed at this time.

Perhaps you have a favourite childhood character or film that you would like as a part of your home or office? I love commissions and have created pieces for collectors all over the world that match my style to their most treasured nostalgia. I especially enjoy painting large scale as it plays well with spray paint and achieving that smooth finish!
All paintings are packed with the utmost care and sent fully insured.
Smiles and good vibes always,

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Spray Paint and Acrylics, Ready to hang

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