Raised on the slopes of Haleakala to parents who were vegetable farmers, much of growing up was spent outdoors on the farm, in nature with abundance of information that an artist would appreciate, but not for a young girl wanting to be out the hot sun and to be playing instead of working.
Today as an emerging artist, being outdoors in nature is a luxury with all the other demands of life. Wife of thirty years, married to my husband, Dwight; together we operate Min Plastics and Supply Inc.; mother of three , with the last child soon to graduate from college; representative of a personal development seminar company, PSI Seminars; and board member of a non-profit organization, Wahine Leaders of Hawaii.
If it hadn’t been for a difficult period about five years ago, with a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease, being where I am now would not be possible. I needed to find something to get back in the game of life and living. I’ve always enjoyed art and doing things with my hands, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry making, photography and decorative painting.
About 4 years ago, since I was not able to drive at that time, I asked my son to drive me to the then Honolulu Academy of Arts and wait for me. If I did not come out that means I got into a drawing class and he could leave. That was the start of my path to being an oil painter.
With mentors like, Anthony Lee, George Eguchi, Mark Brown, Sue Perry and Ed Furuike, the unthinkable for me has become possible. With their knowledge and support, I’ve developed as a painter and am most grateful for their love of teaching.
I’m a palette knife painter and typically use only the palette knife to complete the painting and use a brush to sign my paintings. Not like in my youth, I love being outdoors and doing plein aire painting.