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After much consideration, I’ve decided to change my art alias! I started Kohola Kai Creative in 2015, and at the time I didn’t really have a clear direction. I knew my passion for the ocean, and channeling it through creative outlets was what I wanted to do but I hadn’t quite narrowed it down. I was creating handmade jewelry, painting and drawing in various mediums, and sharing some adventures from working marine eco-tourism in Southern California. Over time, I became much more dedicated to traditional artwork. Over the past few years I feel that this has become much more solidified.  With...

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whale watching -

On Sunday November 3rd, I went out on an all-day trip to explore the waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard Pacific Offshore Expeditions. I had done an all-day trip with them the week before and had incredible sightings with a tight group of humpback whales. At the time, I didn't think the encounter we had could be topped but we were in for quite the surprise! After departing from the Newport harbor, we came across a pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins, and some scattered pods of common dolphin. As we headed up the coast towards the Santa Monica bay, I spotted a few blows...

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June 8th is World Oceans Day! World Oceans Day is a world-wide celebration focusing on the importance and beauty of the oceans. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  To celebrate this year's World Oceans Day, I created this collage of ink illustrations featuring a variety of ocean subjects!     It’s pretty obvious that I love the ocean, I hope that through art I can inspire others to love it too! Let’s all...

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conservation -

Look closely at this new piece. See any objects you recognize? It’s no secret that there is a lot of trash in the oceans- and it’s affecting a lot of things. According to 5 Gyres, the top sources of trash from single-use plastic are plastic bags, water bottles, to go containers, and takeaway cups and straws. Let’s do something about it! In many places, these are easily avoidable: use reusable bags, water bottles and cups, and metal or paper straws! If we all make small changes to reduce the amount of trash we produce, the collective difference is tremendous! 💙🌎🌊...

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painting -

When it comes to art, the possibilities are endless. There are so many ways to draw, paint, sculpt and design your ideas into physical form. One method I have been hooked on lately is mixed media painting- or more specifically a mixture of acrylic painting and sculpting medium.  To create a mixed media painting like this, you will need the following: Canvas Acrylic Paint Variety of Brushes Sculpting Paste Palette Knife  Sculpting paste- sometimes called molding or modeling paste- is a great way to add texture to a canvas piece. How you apply it will depend on a variety of factors....

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