My artwork is largely about my identity as an ʻōiwi artist of Hawaiian, Mexican, Chinese, Norwegian, German, French and Irish ancestry. Much of the content in my pieces serve as manifestations of inextricable pilina I have to the natural world through these familial ties. Types of media that I use in my art practice vary greatly from ceramics to kapa, but are typically involving the use of acrylic paint and charcoal. My work begins with being in practice of endangered species conservation in Hawaiʻi; focusing on building and strengthening pilina.
The inherent kuleana and passion I have for conservation work is prevalent in my artwork, confronting the issues of endangered species extinction, especially as it pertains to endemic species of Hawai’i, and using this imagery to function as human-animal allegory. The atmospheres depicted in these sceneries revolve around wahi pana; rendered as an abstract dreamscape or by using realistic representations. Hawaiʻi is more than iconic postcard-esque landscapes and the stereotypes that have been associated with our kulāiwi.
As a whole, my work is also a reflection on the innate kaumaha that we have as a global community to be righteous stewards of land and wai to ensure that there are "resources" for generations to come. My deep admiration for landscapes is tied into the cultural foundation of what ties ʻōiwi to the ‘āina. In essence, we are ʻāina. The grand underpinning concepts of my work is centered around ‘āina, how it connects us to our kūpuna, and is the foundation of who we are as a people. Without the many people in practice doing good work and being a conscious relative, we are left to question the integrity of restoration and preservation efforts in Hawaiʻi. Mahalo piha to all kiaʻi ʻāina who uphold the integrity of our kūpuna.
"I ola ʻoe, I ola mākou nei"
When you thrive, we thrive