There are many tales to be told by the sea; stories buried by time existing only in fragments. Sunken Head is one of those stories. A mystery of a merchant, pirate, or naval officer whose remnants are now becoming a part of the ocean floor.
Sunken Head is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 8″x10″canvas panel. The frame is custom made from Purple Heart wood which is native to tropical parts of Central and South America. It is one of the hardest woods in the world. With the frame, this work measures 11″x14″ in total.
The title “Boneyard” is a term used by surfers to describe the impact zone of a wave that breaks over reef in very shallow water. It is a place where you don’t want to be caught off guard and if you are, you could easily end up a skeleton stuck to the ocean floor.
Boneyard fuses Mexican Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture and signifies the similarities these two cultures share through their geographic location and relationship with the ocean.
This painting was done with acrylic, ink, and enamel on a 15″x24″ birch panel. The frame is custom built from the endemic Koa tree of Hawaii and is embellished with brass tacks and rope details. Koa is a very hard wood and in the Hawaiian language it means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. With the frame, the total measurements are 30″x36.5″
Get Rich or die Trying is a narrative painting about a pirate searching for long lost treasure. This painting is about putting it all on the line for wealth. However sometimes you don’t quite make it.
This work is painted with acrylic and enamel on stretched canvas and measures 18″ x 24″. It comes in a custom built frame of reclaimed wood that resembles the planks of a ship bringing the total size to 29″x31″.
The title “Tombstone” is a term used by surfers that refers to the predicament a surfer gets into after he wipes out and gets stuck underwater. When a surfer gets plunged really deep their leash pulls so taught that it causes the surfboard to stick out above the surface resembling a tombstone. The longer the tombstone is up, the greater the danger the surfer is in. This piece shows how real things can get below the surface.
Tombstone is painted with acrylic, ink, and enamel on a birch panel. The painting measures 11″ x 14″
In Hawai’i the word for octopus is “he’e” however islanders commonly refer to it by the Japanese name “tako”. There is even a restaurant on the Big Island in Waimea called Tako Taco, but if you are like me you would never eat one because these he’e are pretty awesome!
This painting depicts a Honu with an ofrenda on it’s back. The ofrenda is an offering in Mexican culture and often includes food, flowers, and candles. The ofrenda is very common in the Day of the Dead celebration and is used to invite your departed loved ones back for a night of earthly delights. I chose to show the Honu with a Hawaiian style ofrenda that includes a tea leaf offering and native Hawaiian flowers. Since the honu is endangered it carries the ofrenda for it’s lost brethren.
This piece was painted with acrylic and enamel on birch panel and measures 16″x20″. It comes in a custom wood frame that has been painted with a teal antique finish bringing the total size to 19.5″x24.5″.
“El Sonido de una Sirena Enamorada” is an underwater love story where two sea creatures have found each other after being separated for ages by vast oceans. Both have traveled the seven seas in search of the other guided only by the unique sound that their counterpart makes.
Once they find each other they embrace in harmony and make the most beautiful music that resonates to the deepest depths of the ocean.
A relic that has been long forgotten sits on the ocean floor as it looks to the surface surrounded by kelp hoping to one day be found again. “Lost Tiki” is a reminder of how the ocean claims victims to all who fall below her surface.
Made with many layers of acrylic paint and then enhanced with enamel line work “Lost Tiki” measures 12″x16″ and is painted on a smooth Birch panel. It comes in custom rustic wood frame bringing the total size to 20″x22″ giving the piece a look of antiquity.
This original submarine art is what you get when you mix Captain Nemo with some Beatle’s lyrics, sealed in a tin can, and then sprinkle in a little Rapa Nui! “Captain Calamari” is a narrative of an octopus driving a van submarine looking for his long lost garden. Fish dart away as this rusty contraption explores the depths of the Pacific. One of Captain Calamri’s trusty, crabby shipmates operates the periscope to get a better view of things as they plunge deeper into the abyss. Although the original painting sold you can still pick up a paper or canvas print!
This original Paddleboarder with Dog painting depicts a skeleton in aloha shorts, and a lauhala hat, cruising a wave with his tiki paddle while his dog rides on the nose of the board. A perfect blend of Dia de los Muertos meets Hawaii, this duo continues to do what they love in the after life! The original painting measures 9″x12″ and is painted with acrylic and enamel on a mounted birch panel. The original art is available at Olani Gallery on Oahu in Ko Olina.
Hell or High Water is a painting that shows a Day of the Dead kraken attacking a skeleton pirate ship. Skeleton pirates scramble to stay afloat by hugging barrels of rum, holding debris, and struggle to keep treasure from sinking. Meanwhile the Kraken deploys her tentacles to crush their ship’s hull and snap its masts. This unique tall tale enhanced by eerie fog is a great piece for any ocean enthusiast, one eyed pirate, peg leg polisher, or hardcore ocean art collector!