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Behind the Scenes with 'Vision of Eternal Freedom'

'Vision of Eternal Freedom', or 'Eyes of Infinity' as I sometimes call it, was painted it in 2008 while still living in the Byron Shire. The opportunity was given to me by my dear old friend D to paint a banner for the DJ booth in 'The Tipi Forest Stage' at 'Splendour in the Grass' 2008. The original measures approx. 250cm wide x 110cm deep. I began with chalk, free-hand on a black piece of fabric, then painted the first layer with white undercoat, then layered acrylic colours for depth, then a final thin layer of fluorescent paints over that, so it glows under UV light too! Another peacekeeping banner, watching over everyone! Wandering by it some nights with it rigged...

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Behind the Scenes with 'Bird of Paradise'

Bird of Paradise debuted in Oz's Pyramid Stage on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Is.) in 2014. At the time I painted it, the horrific plight of West Papua at the political hands of Indonesia was coming to light. Very sadly the atrocities continue, right on our doorstep!! I took the artistic license to paint a cross between a couple of species for both their tail plumes and the black 'heart' breast plate, finally finishing the piece with my hand prints, a prayer for empowerment to the West Papuans, and hoping to draw attention to their situation. Since then I've also often seen it like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of past stories to warm our hearts and activate positive change!

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