Why Do I Love to Paint the Landscape?

I never tire of drawing, painting, or just gazing at the Ko’olau Mountains and Pacific Ocean where I grew up. My enduring motifs are the mountains, water, and the sky. I see them even in abstract forms, like in architecture or food. Traveling, I am always curious to explore and discover new landscapes.

Nature and our place in it raise questions about how much we yearn to see ourselves as part of Nature vs. our desire to control and shape our world.

I believe living with original art in your home creates a cocoon of well being when surrounded by natural materials and well crafted objects instead of machine-made artificial environments.

My role models are those who found their way late in life, like the actor Patrick Stewart and Vincent Van Gogh who turned their love of humanity and reverence for the eternal to continue to create their whole life. My desire and curiosity to explore and create art does not diminish with time, if anything, God leads me to commit more every day to creating and communicating through my art.

Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design
BFA California College of Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts)

en plein air painting
Painting in front of a stave church in Norway 2017