I In my previous life (prior to law school), I had a very creative period where I self-published 2 children's stories, and completed 2 collections of paintings.
My first collection of paintings called, The Escapist Art Collection, was inspired by my dead end job in an office. After college, I needed to pay bills and took the first job that came along. It just so happened that I met amazing friends many of who were artistic as well. These artsy friends encouraged me to express myself through art and writing. So I did :)
The second collection of paintings called, The Smiles Collection, was inspired by my challenge to myself. To take the focus away from landscapes and windows, and turn the focus on faces. So I decided to focus on smiles in particular many of which made me happy just creating.
Wanna take a look? Check them all out on my painting blog page:
Just a few below:
Maybe some day my children stories will be turned into movies? Or not. Lol! One can dream.
My first children story is called, "Maka and the Impossible", which I wrote as a parable about ambition. Being the first generation college graduate, and soon to be first generation law school graduate, I feel like I'm navigating new territory. Maka, the protagonist, also navigates new territory when he starts to travel up a hill.
But wait? Rocks are generally not known for mobility. How does this rock get up the hill? You'll have to download my story, or order a paperback to find out :)
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Hi Artfans, I finally created some new designs. Thought to tap into that special niche of islander culture :) Influenced by kawaii style, I drew some cutesy islander dolls.
Happy Holidays All, I posed my unique cartoon character in a holiday setting. That's right! I invented him.
The little round guy is Maka from my original children's story, "Maka and the Impossible," which is a parable of ambition. My little rock leaves his village and goes on an impossible journey. Reflecting his creator (me), he has an ISLANDER FLAVOR to his style.
To read about his adventures, please check out my book :)
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I grew up in San Francisco :) Surrounded by friends of multiple cultures, exotic food, and eclectic entertainment. San Francisco will also have a special place in my heart for empowering me to think openly and bravely.
In addition, I grew up knowing that my people are Polynesian because my father is Samoan and my mom is Tongan. As a result, I feel tethered to the South Pacific in a spiritual sense which means that I'm never lost because my identity works as a compass. Because I know who I am, and where I come from, I have the confidence to travel very far.
To no surprise, when I began painting - and I'm self-taught - a Polynesian flavor popped up despite my American upbringing.
For instance, in my "Water Window" painting, I tried to snapshot a village in the distance from a surfer's point of view. Check it out:
In another painting, I tackled the subject of Akaka Waterfalls which I enjoyed visiting when I lived on the Big Island. After growing up in San Francisco, I knew that I had to live in the Pacific in order to blossom. The journey was so worth it! Hawai'i challenged me in ways I didn't expect and didn't know I was capable of meeting head on. Here is the "Waterfall" painting:
Last but not least, below is my painting that marries my identity as a Polynesian and as an American. I call it, "San Francisco Jungle" because the title and subject captures my eclectic upbringing. Although it's a concrete jungle, the locals - like my family - keep the city exotic and fresh.
"Being an Aquarius, I always feel 10 years ahead of my time, and 10 years behind."
~ Ruby 's Daydreams
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