I grew up in Kailua with much of my childhood exploring the ocean and forests -- the natural environment became a source of deep inspiration for me. During the Hawaiian Renaissance, I had the privilege of learning from Jean Charlot, May Frazier, Joseph Feher, and Sam Elbert. What I learned from Hawaii's classically trained artists inspired me to trace artistic traditions back to Europe, across the US, and back to Hawaii. My mentors at Southern Methodist University --Barnaby Fitzgerald and Dan Wingren-- taught me Renaissance atelier traditions. For my M.F.A. from the University of Hawaii, I explored the range of expression available via painting, sculpture and fiction writing -- with references to the natural ecological history of Hawaii. I've now had more than forty exhibits in Hawaii, throughout the mainland United States, and in Europe. Master art teachers have brought Hawaiian, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Chinese influences into my style and philosophical approach to creativity and the arts. Above all, and as always, the ocean, land, environment, and diverse cultures of Hawaii continue to move me to keep painting!