PAINTING: Reconstructing Hope

60″x40″x2″ (panel size before including frame)
Acrylic on Wood Panel (2020).

Watch a video of how it was painted


Size: 60″x40″x2″ (panel size before including frame)
Medium: Acrylic on Wood Panel
Year: 2020
Structure: Reinforced “X” brace panel, Framed in Floater Frame, wall hang ready

After a historic closing of Disney Theme Parks across the globe from Covid-19, the house of mouse has some trust rebuilding to do. This work features a famous flying elephant statues made out of brass, being taken through the air by 5 zeppelins (mimicking the 5 crows that helped him fly in the original animated film). I wanted to try a grand painting of clouds and avoid detailed landscapes I usually paint for this one to give it an uplifting, positive feeling.

He is made of brass – like the Mickey Mouse statue in an older painting as I wanted him to have some weight and strength against such a bright backdrop. The painting is my second in the Idols work – joining Idol Woody – talking about our need to embrace our childhood belief that we can do anything we put out minds to when we rebuild ourselves after a hard hit. In times like what we are all currently living it strikes a much needed positive outlook.

Weight35 lbs
Dimensions60 × 40 × 2 in