The WIPEOUT Series inspired by a wave’s energy during a surfing wipeout. The paintings express the feeling of being turned upside-down underwater in a fast and active environment.
A process-driven series created while displaced during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. On May 3rd 2018, I evacuated my home and studio in Lower Puna. Over the next 70 days I sought refuge in eight separate residences. During this time the DISPLACED series was created, a collection of mixed-media works on paper. Playing with textural mark-making, white space, and opacity. The work evokes movement, situational chaos and inspiration from the Hawaiian coastal color palette. Through instinctual mark-making, color was applied to evoke feeling and structural stability. As the composition formed, the paintings began to resemble something more representational – a bold swath of color translating new earth, small hatches resemble earthquakes, the opacity of new marks covering old give history of what once existed – evoking spirit of the creation from the lava destruction.
OF THE SEA
Inspired by the kaleidoscope of colors in the tropical marine environment from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. The series, The Rainforest of the Sea, celebrates the complex biodiversity that form on the reefs but also the absence of color caused human-impacted coral bleaching. The two series called The Mapless Blue and 2,745 Nautical Miles are inspired by seafloor mapping within the heart of the Pacific Ocean during my 2019 Artist-At-Sea residency.