A brand new direction…

Over the last 14 years I have had the privilege of working on some wonderful, fun and colourful projects. Landscapes, Seascapes, pets, Portraits. The list goes one. SO… What now?

Art from the Heart is heading in a new direction. And that new direction is a continuation of the direction that we have been heading in for a while but with a twist. The new direction begins with WWE (World wresting entertainment) retro hand painted canvases. In this new niche I will be celebrating and painting some of the most beloved superstars both in classic matches and also in portrait form too.
This series began after I sat and thought “hmmm what’s next?” “What am I passionate about?” Wrestling for me has always been a passion. Both watching and actively participating in. So, it was a natural shift for me to begin painting WWE superstars. Then I had to think about the first one. The first work in any series, sets the standard for the future. With this in mind, the one wrestler I felt appropriate to begin the series was non-other than… Rowdy Roddy Piper/ You can see the full tribute video on YouTube tonight 16/10/2018 just by clicking here.

Born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a long-time mainstay in the WWF and was one of the biggest “bad guys” in the WWF during the early ’80s, before becoming a fan favourite in the late ’80s. He became infamous for his mouth as much as his skills in the ring. He hosted Pipers Pit, which saluted the bad guys of professional wrestling, the most famous of which involved him smashing Jimmy Superfly Snuka over the head with a coconut. He was wrestling’s most popular villain because of his feud with Hulk Hogan that culminated at Wrestlemania I. He went into semi-retirement after Wrestlemania III, when he beat and shaved the late Adrian Adonis.

He continued to wrestle into the ’90s but spent much of his time doing colour commentary for WWF TV. In January 1992, he won the WWF Intercontinental Title from “The Mountie”, the only title he would ever hold in his storied WWF career. After losing the title three months later, he left the WWF, and only made the occasional appearance in the ring over the next few years. In 1995, he had a stint as the WWF’s interim president. He later resurfaced in WCW during the late ’90s to continue his feud with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, until the company’s demise in 2001.
Roddy Piper appeared in many action films. He died of a heart attack on July 31, 2015, in Hollywood, California and will forever be missed by fans from around the world.

In this brand-new series, I felt it is so appropriate that the one who kicks everything off for us is Roddy Piper. A man who lived by his own creed and survived more in his short life than many of us will ever know.
Roddy was a man who taught me to be able to do interviews and do them well, to share a level and depth and to go in different directions to keep the audience on their toes. He inspired me more than words can say. Through his wisdom and stories, I (like many) felt a very special connection with this man. It’s through this love and admiration of this wrestler that I present to you the finished painting and video on how the painting was put together. Rowdy Roddy Piper.

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