My work is based on observations of nature and organic forms. They are created using a variety of media such as casein, oil, encaustic, monoprints, mixed media and of course, watercolor using layers as a literal and metaphor for exploring and expressing my multicultural heritage. The best paintings are those I get to collaborate with–where we get to talk about memories you had at a particular place or moment in your life and I get to infuse a work with your experience so it becomes a friend, not just another piece of art in your collection.
Landscape paintings. Many of my watercolour landscapes are painted ‘en plein air’, or on site, so they tend to be a bit smaller because I need to carry everything in and out and work fast with the available light. However, I can and do work much smaller (2.5×3.5in) and bigger (33x42in and larger). Nature is a book of revelation and has and will continue to the end of time to be a source of wonder, awe and inspiration.
Encaustic is an ancient technique using wax that is very spontaneous and gives beautiful clear color. It responds similarly to watercolour in the way I paint with a heated palette and soft brushes, using a hand torch to seal layers and blend on the support. It is more patient and forgiving than watercolour because I can scrape and melt off and build new layers and textures. I also use cold wax medium in my oils and mixed watermedia to build up the surface and add textural qualities.
Hand built forms. I love working with porcelain–that is high fire clay which when it is finished in the kiln has a melodic tone. The decorator urchins I make each have their unique voice and adornment and their intrepid personalities make me smile at their earnestness. In 2011, a million of them were released into Kane’ohe Bay, my hometown to help combat invasive seaweed and restore balance to the bay. I love to think of them gathering down on the sandy bottom whistling while they work. I also construct mixed media work that harkens back to the first days of our tribes–things my ancestor artists might have fashioned to help record a story or delight their guests. Scrolls, vessals, books, they are the human culture capital that transcends all ages, in the past, present and future.
Color Bridges. These are calligraphic abstract paintings that I create after a meditation upon a given theme. The color are painted intuitively to create a harmonic color dance that relaxes and refreshes the owner of these cheerful spirits in your home or office. I’ve been making them privately for almost 20 years now. They began and continues as play. I decided to start sharing them with others since 2014.