Deeply affected by art since childhood, I have been drawing with a passion since elementary school. In high school I took as many art classes as I was allowed. I began attending college in 1975 in Los Angeles, California for a degree in Commercial Art. I fell in love with a surrealist artist named Salvador Dali; however my move to Hawaii in 1977 rapidly changed my affections. I was surrounded by such beauty in nature that my new love and passion became realism. My first job here in the islands was airbrushing T-shirts at the International Marketplace in Waikiki. Repetitive but fun, this exposure lead to greater opportunities. My next venture was painting surfboards for a very well known surfboard company, so well known you may have even ridden my art. While very instrumental in my development as an artist, these experiences only fueled my desire to go into business for myself. Phantasma was born.
My first products were airbrushed paintings and sun visors, which I sold at the Aloha Stadium Flea Market. At that time I had a VW bug and packed everything inside of it. That would be a good commercial for Volkswagen!!! Desiring something a bit more challenging, I broadened my artistic horizons by creating a line of women's clothing. I soon found that the limitations of catering solely to women too confining. I desired to share my talent with a wider range of people.
In 1981, at the Pacific Handcrafters Christmas Craft Fair, I introduced my flagship product that was the beginning of my transformation to the artist I am today; my airbrushed Light Switch Plates. As the years pasted I added airbrushed Mailboxes, Key Holders, and Plaques to my line.
Though this was a very satisfying and successful trade for me for nearly 25 years, in 2005 I decided I needed a change. A Big change.
I found a school in New Mexico and attend in January 2005. A form of artwork I personally have always loved and desired to do was Sandblasting or Glass Etching. With my background in drawing, painting and airbrushing, Sandblasting was simple to ease into. Now I am doing something I really love. Taking my inspiration from the beautiful world God created, I sketch my vision onto paper, transferring that through various steps onto glass or a variety of surfaces. Then using an abrasive, (known as sand, I use silicon carbide) I blast an image into the glass, tile or stone and create a nearly 3-dimensional design through varying depths and shading.
I am proud to know that all the pieces of art I have made have been purchased by people from all over the world. I'm grateful that my visions and dreams add to the beauty of their surroundings. Finally, I am blessed to use my God given talent to grace their homes with a touch of nature's beauty.