Welcome and Aloha!
I am an artist, instructor and seeker of beautiful places, near, far and imaginary.
I was born in Silicon Valley and grew up in the Sierra Foothills of Grass Valley of Northern California,
where I spent most of my youth enjoying the rushing waters of the Yuba River
and riding dirt bikes throughout the winding mountain roads.
My passion for the arts began when I was a small child and spent long days with my crippled grandmother, Jean Ramon, who used oil painting, ceramics and storytelling to pass the time.
She was my first sensei of the arts and introduced me to drawing, oil and acrylic painting,
color theory, perspective, use of clay and glazes, creating molds, how to use a kiln,
and the importance of self-expression.
Many of our sessions together involved eating pimento olives from oversized jars,
and a bendie-straw, for her convenience, submerged into a 5-gallon jug of cooking wine.
- needless to say -
my introduction to art is an authentic and colorful one.
My love of storytelling began In the sixth grade when I won first prize for a puppet show that I wrote, directed, hand-crafted and performed for the local preschool and kindergarten classes.
This passion for storytelling led to my college studies at San Francisco State University,
where I spent several years as a double-major student in film animation and broadcast communications and was awarded my Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Radio & Television in 2007.
Many of my grandmother's stories and artwork involved her exotic trips
that she and my grandpa, Joseph Ramon, made to Hawaii to visit his family and birthplace:
Makawao on the island of Maui.
In his youth, he worked in the pineapple fields until he moved to San Jose, where he met my Grandmother
while she studied art and theology at San Jose State University, where he worked in maintenance.
My fascination with the colorful and various flowers, the brightly floral moo-moos my grandma wore,
the avant-garde mountains that she painted, and the ancient language of hula
that we watched every year on tv of the Merry Monarch's Festival
became my way of keeping my grandmother close to me,
as she passed away in 1991.
As an effort to fulfill my promise to my grandmother that I would someday visit Hawaii,
In 2014, I accepted a permaculture farming apprenticeship in Huelo and I moved to Maui.
- now, 4 years later, making my first visit, a lasting one.
I watch the whales and the many beautiful birds. I also paint, take photographs and swim.
I'm learning to trust the ocean, and to live in the moment, like mermaids do.
I am available to work anywhere on the island of Maui and it's surrounding islands
- as well as, anywhere in the world via the Internet.