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My Inspiration

From O'ahu trails to Big Island Forests

Hawai'i's amazing birds inspire me! As a child born and raised in these islands, I loved hiking in the forests above my home on  O'ahu. I began photographing and painting backyard birds on T-shirts for family and friends in the late 1980's.

In January 2015, I began carving Hawaiian endemic birds and plants on clay in the studio of my mentor, Lisa Louise Adams. I also took classes from other Hawai'i-Island potters, including Emily Herb, Shannon Hickey, and Eric Wold.  I now have my own kiln and studio in Volcano, HI.

My ceramic art has been included at the following exhibitions on Hawai'i Island:

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition 2015, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2016, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Return of the 'Alala: Restoring the Voice of Hawai'i's Native Forests Juried Exhibition (2016), Volcano Art Center, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, HI;

  • MidSummer Art Celebration, 2018 - 2nd Annual All Media Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI;

  • Art by Hand: Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibit, 2018, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI; and

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2019, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

  • Abstract! Only 10th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2020, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2020, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI

  • Midsumer Art Celebration, 2021 - 5th Annual All Media Juried Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

  • Hawai'i Nei Juried Exhibition, 2021, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI.

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"Dappled Things" (ceramic mosaic featuring a Palila perched on mamane leaves and blossoms) earned an Honorable Mention (3D, Amateur) at the Hawai'i Nei Exhibition, 2020. 

Alala (Hawaiian Crow) and Oha Wai Peleana blossom ceramic tile, Hawai'i Nei Exhibition, 2021.


Looking for a one-of-a kind gift?

Wahine Noho Mauna fern tile on small rosewood box - BFC Hilo Locker 80, artist Margaret Ru

New as of 4/3/2022! "Wahine Noho Mauna" fern hand-carved tile set on a small rosewood jewelry box.  Available at Ben Franklin Crafts, Locker #80, in Hilo, HI! 

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My Etsy Shop has lots of ceramic art featuring  Hawai'i's native plants and birds, such as wall hangings, trivets, tile-topped wood keepsake boxes, and even ceramic jewelry.  Three Hawaiian bird pendants are available in my Etsy shop: 'i'iwi, kiwikiu (pictured) , and palila (pictured).

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I strive to bring awareness of Hawai'i's endemic birds and plants through my art.  A portion of my art sales supports Hawai'i non-profit conservation organizations working to save Hawai'i's endangered species and habitats, such as Three Mountain Alliance, Na Koa Manu Conservation, and Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project.

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