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instruments arranged with bright flowers of the most striking red, wild African animals roaming majestically through the savannah, and even abandoned antique cars rusting on the side of the road. His subjects are tastefully represented and flawlessly executed in his art.
Skinner has a deep-rooted appreciation for the world around him; he draws endless inspiration from things he sees, hears, and experiences, all of which you can see in his magnificent pieces. One of his biggest inspirations is Africa – the continent, the people, the landscape, the culture, the languages, the flora, the fauna, and everything in between. The contrasts are of particular interest to him – how the land, sky, and people interact and relate. Skinner travels constantly and is endlessly searching for inspiration. He often brings home pictures and mementos and uses them to create a piece based on the feeling and the moment he experienced, as opposed to a particular place.
Poppies are also a particularly strong inspiration for Skinner, which goes a long way into explaining why he is affectionately known as “Poppy Man”. His love of poppies stems from a dedication to the poem entitled In Flanders Fields by John Mccrae. The poem tells the story of those lost in the poppy fields of Northern France during World War One, and how their unwavering dedication to their faith carried them on to