After brainstorming about a design for a mural that would depict the ideas of unity and fellowship,
we decided to use the ocean as a theme to bridge the two sister islands of Hawaii and Okinawa.
The students were informed about Okinawa becoming our sister island in 1990,
and discussed  the similarities of the two islands. Like Okinawa, Hawaii has its own language, music and 
customs that are separate and unique from the mainland. Furthermore, both islands are dependent on the ocean for a source of food,  recreation and inspiration. Okinawa and Hawaii both have beautiful coral reefs that visitors around the 
world visit every year.  Both island not only depend on the ocean for their livelihood,
but have deep respect for the Pacific ocean.
      The center of the mural  was inspired by the print The Great of Wave designed by Hokusai, surrounded by the abundance of sea life it supports. Whales, dolphins, coral fish, turtles, sharks, octopus and seals can 
both be found off the shores around Okinawa and Hawaii.  The circular design of the mural emphasizes
 the connection both islands have to the Pacific Ocean and to each other. The islands of Okinawa and Hawaii will be depicted in the shells of the sea turtles, again emphasizes the island culture both areas share.
The petroglyph of the Hawaiian paddler and the word for wave in Kanji is also depicted in the upper
left hand corner of the mural.  It is our hope that the mural will  not only celebrate our ties to our sister island Okinawa, but be.enjoyed by students, visItors, and faculty for many years. This project was completed in December 2006.Type your paragraph here.

Ansel Adams Mural Project

I was asked to paint a mural with middle school students in South Central Los Angeles. The mural was to be painted on portable wood panels in an outdoor shopping mall. USC was sponsoring the mural, and required the following; that the students be involved in the painting process and that the mural reflect the local community.  I resolved the problem by using photographs taken by Ansel Adams as a backdrop and painting the students into the scenery. Utilizing photographs from Ansel Adams established an American West setting, while having the students pose and paint themselves into the picture, successfully fulfilled the requirements of the mural project. The Ansel Adams photographs used were selected from his mural project series, and were painted in a Paynes Gray value scheme. The mural project was a triptych, depicting scenes from New Mexico, Bishops Pass in California, and the Mojave Desert. Not only were the students proud of their accomplishment, the result of using appropriated art was a success visually.
The Ansel Adams project can be used with any local artist’s work. Choose a painter, photographer, or sculptor whose artwork reflects the local community or environment. Architecture, social events and landscapes of the local region would all work. Georgia O’Keefe would be great for the South West Area, Ansel Adams is great for the Western Coast; Thomas Cole for North East Coast; Albert Bierstadt for the West, but not exclusive to that area. Not only will the students learn about a new artist and their techniques, but also they will become more aware of their local history and geography through the process of being involved in the project. Other American artists whose artwork would be engaging, both visually and intellectually are; Thomas Benton, Charles Burchfield, Moses Soyer, Jacob Lawrence and Grant Wood.
After the artist has been chosen, photograph the students as though they were in the painting or photograph. Show the students the picture they will be posing in, directing them to respond to the environment. The students will come alive, inventing entertaining scenarios. Students who are uncomfortable with their art skills will feel like important contributors by posing as models for the mural project. 
What I enjoyed most was observing contemporary students’ response to art that is not of their generation. Beepers, portable phones, backpacks and designer shoes are a reflection of a contemporary student, and having them in a setting by Ansel Adams provides an interesting contrast. The students not only learn about a particular artist but also learn how appropriated art can be successfully utilized.


2001 Wizard of Oz

Serennia Elementary School

2000 Vintage Elementary School, North Hills

2000 Don't be a Butthead,

anti tobacco mural, James Monre HS

1999 Bear Facts, Roscoe Blvd, freeway underpass, North Hills

1999 Golden Way, El Oro Elementary, Chatsworth
1998 Don't Wish for the Stars, El Oro Elementary, Chatsworth

1996 Cut it Out

Panel mural, collaboration with California State University Northridge
1995 Underwater Fantasy

 Nordhoff freeway underpass

1994 The Three Sisters

 Salvation Army Bld, downtown Los Angeles

Big Island of Hawaii Murals

2016  Celebrating Our Diverse Community,

Tile MuralHolualoa Elementary School

2015  Konawaena High School History Mural

Living History Museum at Konawaena HS

2014  Never Again: Honoring family and victims of Sandy Hook

Konawaena Elementary School

2010 UpMauka

Konawaena High School

2009 "Staying the course" ceramic mural, Kealekehe High School, Kailua-Kona

2009 "Ho'oula" mural, Konawaena High School, Career Center

2008 It’s a Honu World Project: Kailua Kona

2007 Kailua Kona Pier Beautification Project

2007 Bridging the Pacific, tile mural, Konawaena High School

2006 Honu

Hale Halewai, Kailua Kona

2005 Keeping the Faith

tile mural, Honoka’a Middle School

2003 Birds of Paradise

Hale Halewai, Kailua Kona

Take Care From the Uplands to the Sea 

Konawaena High School, Kealakekua

The Island that feeds and nurtures its' inhabitants is the theme for the 2010 mural. The mural is 20' x 8', painted on five panels. 
The mural depicts the fruits of the ocean and land , and the animals and people who depend on her contniuing gifts.
The mural was completed in February 2011, and to be displayed permanently on S building, facing Konawaena school road. 
Over fifty students helped paint the mural, and
I want to especially thank Daniel Stover for her ideas and talent.

Mahalo to Stan Cantor and his construction crew for installing the mural.

Staying the Course

To create an inspirational public art piece on the campus of Kealakehe High School in Kailua Kona. It is the hope of this projec to open dialogue with students about navigating successfully through the myriad of choices young adults will face during their high school experience while enforcing community values.

The Project:
Family, community and self will be the focus of the ceramic mural. Each student will make a honu and bird from clay which will be glazed and adhered permanently to an outside wall on the campus of Kealakehe High School. The ceramic bird and honu will be made from a template and the students will be asked to create a design on the honu that symbolizes and reflects the following concepts: the importance of family, their relation to community and their personal hopes and dreams. The bird template will focus on what the student can contruibute to the world, such as understanding, forgiveness and truth. The honu and bird templates will be assembled like a M.C. Escher tesselation, again reinforcing the idea of working together to create a harmonious and productive community while strengthing their own individuality.
The Honu is the symbol not only of longevity, but it is the ultimate navigator, that returns
to the sands of their birth. The project will open dialogue for the youth about how they
will make choices during their high school years. The honu they create will help them
focus and navigate their own personal journey. The public art piece will be a reminder to the student and other students on campus on how to stay the course through their high school career and beyond.
The Bird in flight will remind students to share and release their hopes and dreams for a strong community. The students were instructed to sculpt and paint messages of inspiration to share their with family, friends and community.The students and youth leadership chose inspirational words like peace, aloha, music, magic, pono and pride.

Sponsors and Participants: Family Support Services of West Hawaii is sponsoring the youth mural, 
and students from Kealakehe Middle and High School are helping to make the ceramic pieces.

Special message to the students who participated in the project: Mahalo for all your time and creativity you gave to this special public mural. I hope you have enjoyed being a part of this project, as I have enjoyed watching the thoughtful art pieces you have made. My next visit will be to assemble tha ceramic project, and I look forward to having you all help me put the pieces together.
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Never Again  Konawaena Elementary School Mural     2013
Making of the mural video at Vimeo

This was a joint project with Konawaena Elementary School. and Konawaena High School in Kealekekua Hawaii. This is a five panel mural painted on board, and was completed in May 2013.
The mural depicts children getting ready for school in the morning, including parents drroping their kids off. Butterflies are painted throughout the mural symbolizing how education and a nurturing environment transforms the keiki of Hawaii. While painting the mural the tragedy at Sandy Hook happened. The entire country was shaken by this horific event. We wanted to show our Aloha in Hawaii to the families of the twenty-six victims who lost their lives.Included in the mural are twenty flowers symbolizing the children, and six bees for the teachers..Never Again ! The mural also has a camouflaged  message painted into the 

flowers .

Keeping the Peace: Honoka'a High School

The mural uses the metaphor of farming to depict the idea of planting seeds and creating roots for our future. In keeping the history and traditions of the Waipio Valley, a fatherly figure is centrally depicted, demonstrating to the youth how to grow taro. The fatherly figure not only symbolizes a strong leader, but the ancestors of the Hawaii Islands, teaching us how to take care of the land. A Hawaiian Crow is also illustrated on the lower right side of the mural. Currently the Hawaiian crow is endangered, and as a community we must “Keep the Faith” for its species to survive for future generations. Also depicted are Ipu’s, symbolizing the music and poetry of the Hawaiian Islands.
The mural was created to celebrate the life of the Wesley Batalona, who tragically lost his life in Iraq. Wesley was a man who cared about youth, played the guitar and enjoyed talking story with young people. Wesley also cared about world peace. In keeping with the idea of world peace, in the background, letters are camouflaged into the hills, spelling the word PEACEType your paragraph here.


The Hale Halewai Mural project was started during winter break 2003. The mural is entitled Birds of Paradise and was designed and supervised by Michelle Obregon, an instructor at Konawaena High. The mural was funded by Healing Our Island Community Grant with the assistance of Family Support services of West Hawaii. The mural celebrates the beauty of Hawaii's endemic and introduced species of birds, highlighting the endangered Nene and Hawaiian Crow. During winter break, students from Konawaena High School and Kealekehe Intermediate School helped with the mural, along with adults from Kona Kraft and the Community Federal Credit Union. The community mural provided local youth an opportunity to work with an artist, learning how to paint an outdoor mural and to participate in a beautification project