Who are you inspired by or what do you seek inspiration from?
WHO: My technique is inspired by old botanical drawings from the 1800’s, Matisse’s cut outs, Aloha Shirt designers of the 1950’s and 60’s, and most recently the modern compositions of the Gee’s Bend quilters.
WHAT: I find most of my inspiration from nature, these islands, below the ocean's surface, and untouched creation. Social media and modern life make it difficult to stay inspired in a non-prescribed way so whenever I need to come alive and reignite my inspiration I try to get away from the human-made and surround myself with pure, untamed creation. Google and mall gardens can introduce a subject, but I can't really feel and communicate the personality of the subject without fully seeing them alive in their natural environment. My hope is that people who see my art will grow curious and develop a hunger for the beauty found in nature, and that they will feel loved in the midst of trees, birds, plants, and marine life.
Is there a story behind the design reflected on the Lightweight Throw Blanket?
Many of my pieces are inspired by flora and fauna native to the Hawaiian islands. The Koki’o Ke’oke’o Hibiscus featured on the blanket is one of the few native hibiscus to Hawai’i and the only known hibiscus in the world to have a fragrance. I created the original design of the Koki’o Ke’oke’o Hibiscus by drawing the image onto a rubber block then carving out the negative space of the image, leaving only the lines I wanted to include in the flower. Next, I rolled oil paint onto the block and pressed it on Japanese paper repetitively to create a hand printed aloha print, this is a technique I incorporate often in a lot of my work. Wylie of Slowtide is a family friend so when he came over and saw the print we started dreaming up this collaboration. Wylie chose to make the towel/blanket big so that I could fit all four of my kids on it for our island adventures, which I think is pretty special.