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A picture of Reg Mombassa
Image by Tony Lopes.

Reg Mombassa

Artist, musician

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm an artist and musician. I exhibit at Watters Gallery in Sydney (until they close at the end of the year), and have had solo and group shows interstate and overseas. I also do freelance graphic jobs, mainly t-shirts, posters and book and CD covers. I sell prints, t-shirts and merchandise on the SMH online store.

I am a member of two bands, Dog Trumpet and The Pinks, whose gig can be found on my Facebook page.

What hardware do you use?

For music I use Fender and Vox amps, and play a Fender Stratocaster, a Hofner electric guitar, a Dobro Resonator and a Fender Paramount acoustic guitar. For the art I use oil and acrylic paint and draw with charcoal, coloured pencils (Conte a Paris or Stabilos), pastels and glitter.

And what software?

My wife Martina works as my assistant and uses a PC with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. My brother Peter O'Doherty engineers and produces Dog Trumpets music at his place on a Mac computer using Pro Tools and Universal Music Interface.

What would be your dream setup?

I have no dream setup because my technical skills are non-existent. Basically I sit at the kitchen table with an acoustic guitar to write songs and record ideas on a cassette recorder or an iPad using the MicrophonePro app. Most of the art is done sitting at a table in my studio and occasionally at an easel.