Abstract shapes in a bright blue contrast nicely with the color of her skin.
1. Do something no one else is doing.
I didn't really know that at the time, but I think this kind of art fits the bill. These works were strangely popular and all of them sold quickly.
I started doing things like this because I was broke and out of work. This was the material that I had on hand so I used it. But more importantly I was making no effort to be a sign painter or an illustrator or a gallery artist so even though I'm heavily influenced by all three I ignored the conventions and restrictions of all three and did my own thing.
1. No one else that I know of is painting on recycled panels like this. There's almost certainly someone doing it, but they're probably painting flowers on it and attaching coat hooks to it or some such, which I also think would be very cool, but it still leaves me in a class by myself.
2. Lots of people do fantasy art and many are much better than me, but they are either doing it as an illustration or as a portfolio piece to try to get illustration work. My work doesn't pretend to function as illustration it's a wall hanging which makes it unique as fantasy art goes.