My work is based on observations of nature and organic forms in a supernatural world. They are created using a variety of media such as casein, oil, encaustic, monoprints, mixed media and my passion: watercolor. The best paintings are those where I can connect a mo’olelo or story to a particular place–these are my wahipana paintings.
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.
Encaustic is an ancient technique using wax that is very spontaneous and gives beautiful clear color. It responds similarly to watercolour, the way I paint with a heated palette and soft brushes, using a hand torch to seal layers onto 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 urchin series I make each have their unique voice and adornment with their intrepid personalities. They 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.
Wahipana 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 which I believe will continue to the end of time to be a source of wonder, awe, and inspiration.