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Hi! Thanks for checking out my art page. My name is Mike Woning and I love painting. But maybe I love surfing even more.

 

Being a surfer, I love the sea, especially waves. Waves truly are a thing of beauty and are my main source of inspiration. I follow a number of talented national and international wave photographers via Instagram that feed my stoke when I can't surf enough myself (can you ever?).

Actually, being a surfer is what got me into painting. I had shaped a board a few years back, using foam from an old windsurf board. This required a tonne of repair work to the foam before I could even get started with shaping (tip: don’t try this at home 😉). The result was a blotchy, ugly looking board that urgently needed a cosmetic make-over. Checking around online, I ran into several super cool videos about pimping your ride, amongst others by an artist named Fieldey (and Drew Brophy, and... and...).

Turning my hand to painting my home-made board, I found out that I really enjoyed decorating boards using paint pens and was pretty decent at it too! So, I did my other 2 boards, and then a few skateboards and a skimboard. But then I ran out of boards to paint… However, the creative seed was planted, and I picked up an actual brush and bought canvas and paint in tubes in January 2018; have been painting ever since.

Because I enjoy the seas and oceans so much, I also decided to try to increase awareness about the serious challenge our waters are facing: plastic pollution. If you feel this is righteous cause and want to do something about it, check out my Plastic Soup series.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my saltwater stoke!

 

Aloha!

Mike

 

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