My painting work has always been informed by my other life passions – travel, hiking and the outdoors, reading and writing. It’s also profoundly affected by my family history and cultural connections to my Hawaiian and Scandinavian roots.
This past year a highlight for me was having my work purchased and installed at Kapi`olani Medical Center. A student in one of my classes, Dawn Suyenaga, saw my painting series “Hey, diddle, diddle . . .” and heard me say I thought it would be perfect for a newborn’s room or a childrens’ hospital. The next day she let me know she and her husband Jeff Dinsmore planned to purchase the pieces and donate them to the hospital. The work hangs now outside the Kaneshiro & Carr Nursery. The inspiration for the piece came from a wooden baby mobile that belonged to me and then my brother when we were crib-sized. I’m happy that the fun and whimsy of the paintings can now be enjoyed by more newborns and their families.
Making art is a priority for me at this stage of my life. It’s an activity that helps me understand myself and my world. Through art I can give a tangible form to thoughts and emotions that are not clear until I allow them to unfold on paper.