As a qualified carpenter, Hooper’s job allowed him to travel, working on building sites around Europe. It was during this time that he nurtured the skills and knowledge that would later help to create his unique art pieces.
During his spare time, Hooper would use leftover paint and remnants from construction sites as his canvas, marking the origin of his signature style painting on wood. His work was noticed by The Discerner magazine, which led to Hooper becoming a featured Saatchi artist—a process which normally takes much longer, and tends to be reserved for more established artists.
However, since making a name for himself as an artist, Hooper has taught himself how to paint on traditional canvas. He described the transition as challenging, but the move was vital for the progression of his career as many collectors were uncomfortable buying art on unorthodox materials, such as wood.