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As an avid explorer of the world, I use art to shine a light on the issues that most concern me—environmental devastation, extinction, the growing disconnect between humans and "nature"—as both a global phenomenon and as a hyper local one (regardless of location). My work has a darker edge, but the subject is a serious one and I do not shy away from exposing the solemnity of these matters. Though traditionally a 2D artist (drawing, painting, digital printmaking), I am currently creating 360 degree exhibition experiences, incorporating sculpture, photography, and interactive art, to achieve the deepest impact possible.
In addition to being an exhibiting artist, I also teach visual arts at Hawaii Pacific University and am an ongoing artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Through the Museum's groundbreaking residency program, I work within underfunded elementary schools, designing projects that help students understand science through studio art. I also have had the honor of being an artist in residence at the Moloka'i Arts Center and invited to join the Arctic Circle 2018 Expedition, an art and science residency aboard a 150 year-old wooden ship that sails around the North Pole during the summer solstice.
Looking toward the horizon, I would like to use art to create a visual and meaningful connection between disparate and extremely unique environments. Though Hawaii faces these issues with immediate urgency, all places on Earth face threats in the form of plastic pollution, extinction, rising and acidifying oceans, and extreme weather systems.
My ultimate goal is to be able to bring this awareness and this unifying message across the globe. One of honesty, of hope, and of galvanizing inspiration.
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