North Shore of O'ahu, 1980. Photo by Michael Eckerman.

North Shore of O'ahu, 1980. Photo by Michael Eckerman.

  The artist at work in Santa Cruz.

The artist at work in Santa Cruz.

  Ea doing some research and development on the North Coast of California. Photo by Wes Eckerman.

Ea doing some research and development on the North Coast of California. Photo by Wes Eckerman.

Leaving the North Shore of Oahu in 1989 to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz, Ea found himself exploring a new coastline and new habitat for creativity. He received a Fine Arts Degree in 1993 and settled in to a studio in Santa Cruz where he has been producing a large body of work.

Since then, his work has been shown throughout the state and his pieces are in collections across the nation, from New York to Hawaii.

Ea's work attempts to combine the natural setting with the abstraction of perception.

Ea's paintings follow the line of the real and the abstract. The are often scientific in scope and surreal in form, color and presentation. As painting requires both imagination and work of the hand, Ea presents glimpses of the nature that surrounds us and brings into existence images of how nature exists in the artist's eye.