My love for sea life started at a very young age, I was a fisherman growing up and have always had a connection to these beautiful creatures. I have been creating this fine art for 15 years now. Over the years I have learned many different techniques which have helped finetune my beautiful artwork. I have spent a lot of time studying fish at aquariums and fish markets. I have traveled to the Caribbean, Africa, Italy, Australia, Galapagos Island, Central America, Europe, China, Vietnam and across the United States to swim with and collect different species.
Seeing the looks on my customers faces over the years has inspired me greatly. That "wow" factor when they see my work jump off the page and come to life is what makes what I do so special. My customers are always amazed with the life size fish and immaculate detail paid to each piece. It is such an amazing feeling to know that my artwork is being hung and admired from many people around the world.
It has always been important to me to create each piece special for my customers. With very few reproductions you can be sure that your piece is an original. Every detail in my artwork comes directly off the fish with the only exception being the eyeball. It is with great pride to be among the very few Gyotaku artists around the world that still practice the traditional form and do not embellish their work.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Long Island, New York
San Clemente, California
Pictured above is my Professor Jack Schwartz and my Master Mineo Yamamoto (2011) who taught me the art of Gyotaku (fish rubbing). My teachers have always taught me the traditional technique, which makes my original artwork so special to have.
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Me showing my coworkers how to shuck oysters at the local thrift shop I like to volunteer at. Sometimes you have to use what you have!