About Arikai

May I introduce you to what I believe is a new and unique concept in art.

It originated March 2012. Our twin grandchildren Ari and Kai, at only 3 1/2 years of age, started exploring the joys of painting on roughly cut slabs of timber.

While watching them, I noticed the effects sunshine and shadows on their brilliant wet paint colours and the interactions with the textures in the wood. It was then that I decided to progressively photograph their work. Throwing clean water over the wood and keeping it wet, allowed them to easily spread the paint and brush on more colours.

Later, viewing these photos on the computer screen, the potential of Ari and Kai’s art as a basis for further creativity, became a exciting revelation!.

I realised that using Photoshop Elements 6 and the mouse as a drawing tool, an image created by the twins, had within it the potential for transformation into a completely new and recognisable image!

It was this enlightened discovery that lead me to explore the same process but using selected cropped details of my photographs of naturally created images on trees, timber, split firewood, and rusty old metal to name but a few.

The “reverse art” concept was born as presented in this first collection.

I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as we did in creating it.