A Shoalwater artist is preparing to wow motor enthusiasts with his award-winning airbrush skills.
James Doherty has been working hard practising his technique since securing new premises on Dixon Road.
The artist said he could not wait for new venture Kustom Kolours to open so he could customise cars and bikes with artwork specially designed for each individual customer.
“It’s amazing to get to do something I really enjoy for a living,” he said.
Doherty has worked at several businesses around Rockingham and wants to create a custom scene in the area.
“There is a great air-brushing and custom scene in the city, but that is missing from the south metro (area),” he said.
Doherty has already made a name for himself since he began designing and building bikes several years ago, including winning a special award at the Street Machine car show in Burswood last year. “I got into building bikes after I left school,” he said.
“I really enjoyed doing that and after watching shows like Pimp My Ride, I thought ‘I can do that’.”
Doherty said he had even been asked to airbrush a toaster.
“People usually have a rough idea of the kind of thing they want,” he said.
“But you have to be able to gauge the person and talk to them a bit to find out what would best suit them.
“I’ve airbrushed all kinds of things from cars and bikes to guitars and fridges.”His business partner, Simon Coyne, said the artwork would feature prominently in the shop. “We want everything to be right so our customers have a good experience when they come here,” he said.