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Man loses job, paints his way to Christmas with his kids

PAINTING HIS WAY: Noosa man Lenny McCann is painting his way to New Zealand so he can afford to see his children at Christmas, after being laid off from his factory job.
PAINTING HIS WAY: Noosa man Lenny McCann is painting his way to New Zealand so he can afford to see his children at Christmas, after being laid off from his factory job. John McCutcheon

OUT of a job right before Christmas, a Coast man decided to make the best out of a poor situation.

Cooroy man Lenny McCann wanted to spend the holidays with his two children, who live with his former partner in New Zealand, but now will be struggling to make ends meet after being laid off from his job.

But instead of waiting for an opportunity to arise he created one.

Mr McCann has started selling his own artwork to pay his way to see daughters Mischa, 5 and Lotus, 6.

And Coast residents can't get enough. After posting some of his work on Facebook, Mr McCann will have to hole himself up with a paintbrush to get through all of the orders he received.

"I was looking for work but there really isn't much around at the moment," he said.

"I painted (in a phase) a few years ago and sold a bit.

"So when I lost my job I put an advertisement out on Facebook with some of my work and I couldn't believe the response."

He said he expected only one or two requests, but already has been asked to paint murals, a race car and several other artworks.

"I think with the orders I already have and if it keeps going like this I will definitely be able to see my kids for Christmas," he said.

"To be honest, i was feeling a bit doomed, or trapped even... but it has been pretty overwhelming. The response I got has been a big weight lifted off my shoulders.

"If it keeps up I would definitely consider doing it for as living and some part-time work on the side."

Mr McCann does street-art and stencil work mainly. To order an artwork, phone 0497 649 589.

See his artwork at: https://www.facebook.com/LennyMcCannSprayCreations/?pnref=story.

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