As the youngest of five boys, I was left alone most of the time to explore, create and think for myself. Exposure to drawing, painting, clay, and macrame in my home gave me a creative spark. I developed a sense of self and the belief that anything is possible. Pursuing my desire for art degree was not a possibility as I was reminded that being an artist was not a sure route to making a living.
I obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering and had a successful career providing technology solutions. I founded and sold a number of companies including a consulting firm, photography studio, and appraisal management company. Also, I hold a patent for a consumer electronic product which I developed in China. Additionally, I’ve been a senior executive (CIO) for a Fortune 35 company and my work earned me a number of awards including Innovator of the Year and the Smithsonian Institute Laureate award for visionary use of technology.
After accomplishing much in the corporate world, I decided I had enough. I moved to Kauai to start a farm and live in natural beauty. Too many days spent indoors, in meetings, and looking at a computer. It wasn’t long after moving that I started to slow down and get the noise of the rat race out of my head. It was then that I visualized my younger self, back in my childhood, who liked to create and play with his hands. So I started playing again.
I used my experience in the tech industry to photograph bark from trees and enhance the color in interesting ways. I use those images as the basis for my paintings. A blend of technology experience gained in adulthood and skills I learned as a child coming together. As I paint, I let my expectations fall and find much peace and joy in the process.
I believe as Schuman said, “To send light into the darkness of man’s hearts – such is the duty of an artist.”