Growing up on Hawaii Island, Mark Ley has spent every spare moment in the ocean. Diving, surfing and exploring. When his daughter came along, he shared his love of the ocean with her and over the years, his ohana developed their own form of treasuring hunting. They scour the reefs and beaches, gathering the bits and pieces left behind by other ocean explorers. And surfboard fins, stuck in the reefs, became a favorite find.
But collecting them wasn’t enough.
These reclaimed surfboards are then used to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Using acrylic paints and carefully constructed color palettes, Mark dips the fin into the paint and then presses it onto paper—memorializing the board, the special time with his family, and cleaning the reefs—all while providing us with original works of abstract art.
“There’s an incredible scope of shapes of boards, each with its own story and genre,” shares Mark, and through his work we become ocean explorers ourselves.
"The Ulu, or Breadfruit Tree, is also known as the Tree of Life to island communities," shares Patrice Federspiel. "To say this tree grows quickly is to understate its amazing regeneration capabilities. I’ve seen one trimmed down to the trunk in one season, producing fruits by the end of the next. The beauty of the Ulu leaves is legendary; they’re widely depicted on Hawaiian quilts.
Ulu is prized for the beauty and shade provided by the leaves, as well as for the starchy breadfruit they produce. The fruits themselves don’t have much flavor but rely on the seasonings with which they’re cooked.
The leaves portrayed in this painting were blanketing the ground under the Ulu Tree in my cousin’s yard on Hawai`i Island. Their ability to retain their beauty in the myriad of subtle colors brings joy to my heart, reminding me that there is much more to life than meets the naked eye."
Film Photograph with Sepia Toner Printed on Canvas - Unframed 36.5" x 42"
"A walk down Waikiki Beach affords many opportunities for photography. One never knows what subjects will appear. This image illustrates what, for tourists, is Hawaiʻi. Diamond Head, Waikiki, High-rise hotels, an outrigger canoe and satisfied visitors assisting the guides with the beaching of the boat," shares Cathy. 1976
Film Photograph, Darkroom Processed Framed 16" x 16" | 24" h x 23.5" w
This image of a TV screen, taken in 1977, became more poignant as the years progressed. At the time, she didn't realize the historical significance related to her art. This conception is now an eternal symbol of Cathy passion.