Easy, Breezy Get­away

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Tech - Text: Monique Van­der­lin­den Images © MSC Cruises

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

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