Friday, June 27, 2014


I am very stoked to have my art gracing the cover of this years
"Detailed Map Of Kailua"!

This map shows, in fun detail, Windward Oahu beaches, as well as the many shops and restaurants throughout Kailua Town. It provides a ton of information about the best places to stay, dine, and enjoy on Oahu's Windward side. It also includes a section that shows a bit more of my work!

"Detailed Map Of Kailua" can be found throughout most shops and restaurants in Kailua (and also Waikiki). The map will be in distribution for a year, until July of 2015. Be sure to pick one up next time you are on Oahu's Windward Side.
They are FREE!

Below is the original palette knife painting created for the cover of the
"Detailed Map Of Kailua"
"Lanikai Point"
14x11 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

TIKI's IN CONVERSE ~ Nitro Surfboard Painting

In honor of "International Surfing Day" a few days ago, I decided to get to work painting a scene on my new Eric Arakawa Nitro.
Since my Element only lasted TWO DAYS (yes, you read correctly, two days) with it's new custom paint job before it snapped in half, I decided to keep a similar palm trees & tiki theme for this one.

Tahitian Sunrise

My Tiki wears Converse.

I sure hope this board lasts long enough to give me a chance to cover the backside too!

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Esperance Rakotonirina is a friend and fellow artist.
I love the life-like work he creates, which often include honu and other Hawaiian wildlife. I especially enjoy the native Hawaiian birds that he paints. Unfortunately, I do not have space to collect many artist's pieces, as much as I would like, but there was one painting of Esperance's I just had to have. It is a scene of the (now non-existant) Aoki's Shave Ice on the North Shore of Oahu. As soon as I saw this piece, it made me smile. Many people have painted Aoki's in the past, but this one just had a feeling about it that seemed to bring out it's true character.
I just LOVE it!

Here is one of Esperance's life-like honu that I received as a Birthday gift from him.

If you would like to see more of his beautiful work in person, he has a show going on now through July 10th at the
"Gallery On The Pali"
2500 Pali Hwy

The show is titled
"From Madagascar To Hawaii - Reflections".
Esperance is originally from the island of Madagascar, and he has incorporated both of these tropical islands into his show.
Be sure to check it out, you will not be disappointed.

Mahalo, Esperance, for sharing your beautiful creations with all of us!


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Friday, June 13, 2014


Here is a quick video of me surfing a bumpy day at Sandy's and what Mother Nature thought of the brand new custom paint job on my Eric Arakawa Element.

Surfing Surf Video videos


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Monday, June 9, 2014

ON TO MAUI......

Here are some of my latest palette knife paintings I just shipped to Maui Hands Art Gallery.
Wish I could have gone along with them!


Pa'ako Beach

North Shore Maui


Secret Cove


Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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Friday, June 6, 2014


Needed to practice painting waves, so I decided to make it more fun and include the Dawn Patrol Gang that we surf with each morning!

I gave "Crazy Dave" his nickname because he is usually out there before first light, when it is still so dark that you can't quite see the rocks that break the surface of the water.
"Crazy Dave Would Go"
6x6 Palette Knife Painting

"Prince Henry" always seems to be in the right spot at the right time and usually ends up catching The Wave Of The Day, such as this "royally" deep barrel - hence the nickname.
"Prince Henry's Hideaway"
6x6 Palette Knife Painting

"YPeedo - The Speedo Torpedo"
(I think the title is pretty self-explanatory!)
6x6 Palette Knife Painting

"Coach" got his nickname because the first time I met him, the words out of his mouth were not "Hello, it's nice to meet you". It was more along the lines of "Hey, you need to stand back a bit more on your board so you can turn it sharper. You're riding it like a longboarder". To say he didn't make a very good first impression is an understatement! But over time, I learned to appreciate his somewhat obnoxious (but funny) personality. He still gives me useful surfing tips and we always look forward to his wacky board antics whenever he is out there in the lineup!
"Coach's GS67"
6x6 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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Thursday, June 5, 2014


On the tropical island of Maninikapukaka, there lived a carefree Island Surfer Boy named Brytikinalu.

He had a lovely sister named MaileDeananalani.
She was the most beautiful, enchanting Hula Maiden in all the islands and the men were in love with her.

Her twin sister, LoloDeanpupuletake, was not right in the head from a life of too much Kava and Bamboo Pipe. She was always filled with jealousy for her sister.

On the day of the annual Orange Beer and Coconut Crab Laulau Making Festival, LoloDeanpupuletaka's loose tongue revealed her plan to kill her twin by suffocating her with the overpowering stench of her five week old rotting poisson cru.

Chief NukuBrymanaonalohaSmith caught wind of the plan, and quickly banished her forever to the small atoll of Takerangapuputaki, where she still lives to this day, making copra into feed for her one and only pet cow, Pipikaulapoipoi.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Our second week on Maui was every bit as fun as our first.
We decided to head Upcountry for the day, as Kihei was still experiencing voggy, muggy, hot weather.
says Bry, as we zoom through the beautiful glowing green countryside of Kula.

Kula was much cool-a, and I found a nice place to paint across from the Kula Country Farms Fruit Stand.

Kula Country Farms
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

While there, we met a local named Dave. He recommended we try Grandma's Coffee House for lunch, so when I finished my painting, we headed down the road to Grandma's!
We have passed by Grandma's many times before on previous Upcountry outings, but never stopped. It turned out to be quite a nice experience.

The place was a charming little local style plantation shop, the workers were friendly, and the food was great, with huge portions.
Dean got a LocoMoco that must have weighed 5 pounds!

The next day found us back at the beach. Launiupoko is a small beach park just south of Lahaina. We stopped here for a while. It is a great spot to bring the keiki, as there is a natural pool surrounded by a protective rock wall, perfect for them to play in.
I found this beach to be pretty scenic, with the nice tall coconut trees for shade.

Launiupoko Beach
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

We then headed up to Black Rock, Ka'anapali. Bry couldn't resist a quick skinny dip, as the day was a scorcher.
His visor was a huge hit with the tourists.

We drove all the way up to Honolua Bay and found it flattycakes.
Would love to come back in November when the ASP will be holding the "Maui Women's Pro". How fun it would be to watch the pros rip the huge north shore waves!

On our drive back, we stopped at Olowalu Fruit Stand and Bry helped me pick some papaya.
"No Mommy, not dat one... da one ova deah mo' bettah."

The next day, we headed Upcountry again.
We drove several of the back roads that we had never been on before. What fun it was! Unfortunately, the view was not the greatest with vog and clouds still hanging around.

But the flowers and fluorescent green Upcountry gave us color close up instead.

We found this beautiful spot in a rural area, and were able to pull over along the side of the road and have a car picnic while the horses entertained us.

The air was cool and it was a perfect place to enjoy some Upcountry relaxation time!
Upcountry Maui
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

If I weren't such an ocean nut, I really think this would be my place of choice to live - although I would have to learn to knit some wool sweaters!

We couldn't leave Maui without visiting Pa'ako Beach one more time. "Secret Cove" is one of my favorite places to plein air paint, so early one morning, we made our way back, and I got to work.

It was a perfect morning and I was able to finish up before it got too hot.

Right as I was packing up the last of my painting stuff, the gorgeous day did a 360 in a matter of clouds flew in and the wind gusts came out of nowhere, swirling the sand, leaving everyone on the beach running for cover. If it had happened 15 minutes earlier, I would have had a very interesting "texturized" oil painting!
Pa'ako Beach, Maui
(Secret Cove)
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

Evenings on Maui are Bry's favorite time.
A walk on Big Beach with Little Man.

Well, that's all for now. As you can probably tell, I love plein airing the beautiful island of Maui. We can't wait to come back again, to more adventures, and to more great painting memories!

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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