My family moved to Hawaii when I was 11 years old. I remember falling in love with this place that was so new. Haole is the Hawaiian word for foreigner. For some reason I felt oddly comfortable with this term and spent subsequent years being a Haole in other parts of the world. I have spent extended periods in Germany, London, Greece and even the East Coast and now California. Living in a foreign country means emptying yourself and being a listener. I spent a lot of time observing. It has created a silence within me and I want to fill it with paint.