Recent interview with Los Angeles based magazine The Hidden Some explaining Elmo’s change in style and why.
"I don't intend on painting anymore public figures if i am honest unless its a corporate job/commission. When you paint an icon a huge part of selling your work is relying on the fans of that icon to buy your work. As a result you aren't really standing on your own two feet as an artist, people aren't buying your work because you are making great art its more because they are a fan of Michael jackson for example. I intend to push myself creatively and i can't do that if i spend all my time painting celebrities, its kitsch and over-done.”