Welcome to my online studio and gallery. Check out the portfolio and see some of my latest work, meet some of my cast of characters. Experience my take on island lore and Tiki culture.
The mid 1990s saw the beginning of a revival of the Tiki culture. Thus firing up a change in my passion for art.
Several books on the subject of Tiki kitsch have been published, including The Book of Tiki by my good friend Sven Kirsten, published by Taschen. His book and hard work is often credited with bringing mid-century Tiki culture back into the American mainstream.
Tiki-themed events and conventions have begun to spring up across America—with the majority happening in Southern California. Large annual events include:
Tiki Caliente in my hometown Palm Springs
These events are truly an amazing experience. Be sure to look for us when you are there. My biggest fan and supporter, my wonderful mother, my tikis, and myself make our best effort to attend these events.
Through my artwork and carvings I do my best to convey the wondrous colors and joys, that can only come from the islands of Polynesia. Beautiful hibiscus, plumeria, and bird of paradise flowers inspire my vivid floral suites.
Everyone should have the chance to enjoy the Polyensian culture and lifestyle. Through my art you can have your very own slice of paradise.
As a side note I wanted to include some of the thoughts that inspire me.
What Does Aloha Mean?
Aloha is the most Hawaiian word of all. We have all heard it at one point in our lives. In the Hawaiian language, it can mean hello or goodbye. It also means love and affection. The word aloha is often used in a combination with other words, such as aloha kakahiaka, which means good morning; aloha auinala used as a greeting that means good afternoon; and aloha ahiahi is how you can wish good evening in Hawaiian. Because of aloha’s unique meaning and popularity, Hawaii is called the Aloha State.
Aloha is a Hawaiian symbol. Its meaning goes beyond any definition you can find about it in the dictionaries. In Hawaii, you hear aloha all the time and you are treated with aloha everywhere.
The Spirit of Aloha
The literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.
According to the old kahunas (priests), being able to live the Spirit of Aloha was a way of reaching self-perfection and realization for our own body and soul. Aloha is sending and receiving a positive energy. Aloha is living in harmony. When you live the Spirit of Aloha, you create positive feelings and thoughts, which are never gone. They exist in space, multiply and spread over to others.
Inspired by the philosophy and the wisdom of the Spirit of Aloha, nowadays many institutions and businesses in Hawaii carry its name: Aloha Tower, Aloha Stadium and Aloha Airlines. Many Hawaiian singers write and perform songs about aloha as well.
To you my new friends I say,
Mahalo nui loa
(Thank you very much!)