I grew up on a ranch in the Kamoku-Kapulena Hawaiian Homestead area of Hawaii Island. I spent a lot of time drawing as a kid, mainly because there wasn't much to do other than work, but also because it made me feel right about things somehow. It's still like that for me. I've moved on to other mediums, but the calming sense of purpose I feel makes the experience, at its best, almost spiritual for me.
I am grateful to my kumu Stacy Gordine for introducing me to the pleasures of carving in 2010 and for encouraging me no matter what oddball forms my ideas took.
And all thanks to my family, my wife and my parents, for slacking the reigns while I try to find my way through this.