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.
These past couple years I’ve been especially inspired by the worldwide voyage of the Hōkūle`a, Hawaii’s long-distance voyaging canoe. During 2015-2017 I produced a series of paintings and handmade books that explore the themes of ocean, navigation, and care for the planet. The sale of two paintings from the series allowed me to make a larger-than-my-usual contribution to the Polynesian Voyaging Society (http://www.hokulea.com). Hōkūle`a’s messages of cultural resurgence and Mālama Honua—care for the Earth—resonate with many here in the Islands and I want to support their work.
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.