I am inspired to create my art by the look on people's faces that enter my gallery or booth for the first time. The life size fish and detail stop them in their tracks and the expression of WOW, followed by "how did you do this?" is inspirational. I strive to make each fish so real that they appear alive. The fish jump out at you because I spend hours preparing each one with precision so when the print is lifted it looks real.
I spend numerous hours studying fish at aquariums and fish markets. I’ve traveled to the Caribbean, Africa, Central America, Europe, China, Vietnam and across the United States to swim with and collect different species. Every day I practice new corrigraph techniques and experiment with new fabrics like silks and cottons and utilizing different inks. These are the most important tools I can use to create the best traditional Gyotaku work I can.