My mission as an artist is to generate honest work. My intent as an educator is to give students a space in which they can be honest about themselves, and their work develops and reflects their uniqueness.
I graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo with a degree in Art, focusing most my efforts in printmaking and oil painting. In 2016 I spearheaded Piko Press, a community printmaking studio, and the the Emerging Artist Sustainability Education Program. The program’s mission is to support recent graduates and young artists by providing an equipped studio with exposure to concepts and techniques in printmaking that will stimulate greater focus, creative problem solving, awareness of self, others, environment, and culture.
Currently I am increasing my professional experience in gallery management as the Exhibit Coordinator at the East Hawai’i Cultural Center. I believe that the studio and gallery imparts exposure to new ideas, stimulates inquiry, and is an effective platform for self reflection and group discussions about humanity. These are the qualities I hope to share with students as we learn together.