My husband Martin and I fell in love with Hawaii on our first trip to the Big Island in 1990. Visiting Pearl Harbor brought back many memories of my father and the time he spent during WWII, his stories, and all the war movies we watched together. Martin and I spent years hiking the trails on Kauai and exploring the Big Island but ultimately fell in love with Maui. We spent every summer in Hawaii until 2007 when we finally settled in Maui.
I was fortunate to have attended the only tuition free college in the United States, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where I studied painting and photography. I did my graduate work at Pratt Institute in Developmental Art and Art therapy in Brooklyn, New York, and then worked as a special education teacher/administrator and art therapist for 36 years.
When we came to Maui I set myself Free! I loved education but there was my creative side that was screaming to be let out. When I went on my first whale watch I knew I needed a better camera. It took me a few years, well seven, to believe that I could see magic through a lens again.
Rainbows, whales and swimming with the honu is Maui therapy. And watching a Maui sunset is like one huge exhale at the end of the day. To be able to work in a gallery surrounded by amazing photography and art is both healing and rejuvenating, exactly how I find my photography. I can only hope that my photographs convey the peace and elation that I feel creating them.
Peace and Aloha, Sandra