Aside from my usual work as a graphic designer and illustrator I get a thrill out of taking found art from garage sales and charity shops and putting it into a totally new and unexpected context. There is always something in the expression of the eyes of an original portrait or a strangely empty area in an oil painting composition that cries out for something outlandish for me to add.

I take particular pleasure in finding the most innocuous, mundane and innocent settings and turning them on their head with as simpler an idea that I can think of. There are some things I feel quite guilty about destroying: the portrait of a loved pet, an antique photo of a favorite aunt, someone’s painfully detailed watercolor rendition of their adored home or garden, all waiting to have a sudden alien invasion or a giant fried egg cruelly added by me.

I mostly work on the computer these days so it is great to get my hands dirty and have something you can ultimately hang on the wall—as long as you don’t recognize the original as some of your earlier work!

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Snowy Meep Meep

Snowy Meep Meep

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glowworm2
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9 months ago

Oh this is just perfect!

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A Very English Invasion

A Very English Invasion

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Pulupulu
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8 months ago

Dear Chris DiFonso, It is a great honor to see your amazing works. I am from a publishing company in China. We are a for-profit publishing company that publishes magzines. We engaged in popular science,environmental protection,education and other aspects of the content of publishing. We would like to publish this picture in our magazine. May I have your authorization?

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Magnificent Beasts

Magnificent Beasts

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glowworm2
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9 months ago

That is a very large foot!

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Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

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Full Name
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8 months ago

I guess not all eggheads are smart. The yolk's on her.

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Seek And You Shall Find

Seek And You Shall Find

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Ninja Kitty
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9 months ago

it's a ba nay nay

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Ghosts

Ghosts

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Armel Stratford
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8 months ago

I now have that song from "Ghost" stuck in my head

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The Very Nerve

The Very Nerve

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Full Name
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8 months ago

That boy's hair is a mashup of his ice cream and cone, and her head is a Hershey's kiss. Aren't they sweet?

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Duck Pond

Duck Pond

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Ninja Kitty
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9 months ago

i'm scared

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Nothing To See Here, Constable

Nothing To See Here, Constable

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Roxanna Macklow-Smith
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8 months ago

Brilliant - Hilarious name!

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Richmond Hill Squid

Richmond Hill Squid

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Sean Scholfield
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8 months ago

Utter deviance. How much.

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Oops

Oops

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ADHORTATOR
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9 months ago

it's only a fleshwound

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Is Nothing Sacred

Is Nothing Sacred

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My Beat

My Beat

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A Victorian Curiosity

A Victorian Curiosity

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David
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9 months ago

Begin the bizarre! Thank you!

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Photo Opportunity

Photo Opportunity

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Marble Hill Midsummer

Marble Hill Midsummer

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Kathy Baylis
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8 months ago

I actually would put this on my wall.

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New Hat

New Hat

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ispeak catanese
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8 months ago

Reminds me of one of The Far Side ladies!

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Looking Toward Eel Pie

Looking Toward Eel Pie

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Love Story

Love Story

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Full Name
Community Member
8 months ago

Orange you going to take a dip? No way, that's bananas!

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Ham

Ham

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See Also on Bored Panda
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I Died And Went To Heaven

I Died And Went To Heaven

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#22

Whatever Happened To Montagu Watson

Whatever Happened To Montagu Watson

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Keeler Bed Head

Keeler Bed Head

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qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm
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8 months ago

I'm not sure wether to interpret this using my clean mind or my dirty mind...

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Venus

Venus

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Sean Scholfield
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8 months ago

simp-ly stunning!

#25

Heavenly Bridge

Heavenly Bridge

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Roxanna Macklow-Smith
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8 months ago

Love the colours in this

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Not Convinced

Not Convinced

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Ayli Nickerson
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9 months ago

fat baby