Artist's Statement: During my displacement in the 2018 Kilauea Eruption, my art sharply shifted from painting what I see, to abstractly painting what I feel and exploring the various forces in nature.
A second influence on my work was a residency at sea, mapping the seafloor in areas of the South Pacific. This opportunity revealed a new landscape below the sea surface and a new appreciation for open-sea navigation.
In ʻAlenuihāhā Channel, open ocean paddlers know this channel as one of the most treacherous in the world. I capture the defining force of the prevailing Northeasterly winds and currents being funneled through the 26-mile opening between Hawai`i and Maui Islands. In my work, I use bold swaths of color and hatches to visually reference such turbulence, change, and energy.
My hope is that when the viewer experiences this piece, they feel the sense of awe I experience when encountering these larger than life forces of nature that surround us on the Hawaiian Islands. ʻAlenuihāhā Channel (Great Billows Smashing), 2020
Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 120 inches (diptych)