My boyfriend Joe has been encouraging me for quite a while to create video game inspired art. I did not grow up playing video games and even now my experience and knowledge is embarrasingly limited. I also admit, I do not care for most video game inspired art. I was resistant, but I also liked the challenge. So, using paint chips, a thin black sharpie, and a lot of research from the internet, I came up with a Mario inspired gift for Joe. He was absolutley thrilled, so I guess I did a good job!