I picked up this vintage hand ax that was apparently found in an old barn. It was very rusted and well worn and for no good reason, I thought it would be fun to paint and draw on. I needed to polish it up a little bit from its original state just to create a surface that would even be workable. A bit of sanding revealed a beautifully rusted and pitted yet shiny metal head and a nicely worn wooden handle.
I didn’t set out with a particular intent. Matching bold graphic shapes and designs and elegant gold leaf to the old shabby hatchet seemed like a decent idea, so I went for it. Choosing materials was interesting as some paint markers simply refused to take to the surface and painting with a brush on the varied surfaces proved challenging. I ended up using a wide variety of tools to complete it and it now hangs in my studio office.