The Volcano Art Center’s solo exhibition of my oil paintings, A Brush With Light – Volcanic Island Reflections, opens at the their gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on January 9 and runs through February 14. Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.



For those unable to visit the show in person, we’re holding a virtual opening on January 9th at 11 a.m. (HST) for art lovers near and far. I’ll briefly introduce the paintings, say a few words about my process and the places rendered in the works, leaving ample time for comments and questions from the virtual participants . . . just like at live openings.


To register for the Zoom link, please contact by January 6.

I’ve been developing this body of work for many months now, with lots of field work atop the volcanoes, in the rainforest and along the coast. I hope you’ll find these paintings offer a different perspective on Hawaiʻi Island’s extraordinary landscapes, including Kilauea before and after the 2018 eruption, the high mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and the island’s rugged coastline and exceptional plant life.

Please join us for the virtual opening, or if you live in the islands, come see the works in person! For more information, visit the Art Center’s current exhibition page and scroll down to the show.

Me kealoha pumehana (with warm regards),



“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”       –Aristotle, c. 350 BC

Aloha and welcome to my new website,

This site was skillfully designed by Margaret Rode of Websites for Good. Mahalo Margaret!

Through this state-of-the-art blog, I look forward to periodically sharing my thoughts about paintings, the art of painting, and qigong and meditation. I’m also excited to let you know about upcoming art exhibitions and to announce studio sales!

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Malama pono (take good care),



In dawn’s gentle light, the full moon sets behind Mauna Loa. Photo by Catherine Robbins.



After the stunning collapse of Kilauea’s crater floor and caldera over a three-month period during the Summer 2018, visitors take in the magnificence of the transformed volcano from a viewing area in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Tom Peek.


Steam rising off Kilauea’s caldera wall at Wahinekapu is backlit by the setting sun. Photo by Tom Peek.