A few years back I was asked to do a show in Kailua on the east side of Oahu. It was late fall in 2012 and I had been painting and touring (away from home about 4-5 months that year) all while working on projects with Rip Curl, Kokua Foundation and The Surfrider Foundation. Needless to say I was starting to feel a bit burnt out by the end of the year. The show was in February, which is usually the month I try to "take off" and do some surf and snowboard traveling and more surfing at home, so I almost did not accept the offer.
At the same time my husband Chris who had been making skateboards since the early 90's was back making a lot of decks for our small side project, Hawai'i Skateboard Company. In early December of 2012 he had pressed some beautiful decks with bamboo cores and we were all so excited riding them in our bowl and share these new boards with friends and all night skate sessions.
Up to that point I had already painted original work on skateboards here and there but now with the boards being made right there on our property in Pupukea on the North Shore, I knew I had to make an original series on skate decks. I was so inspired and I would work 12-14 hours a day every day so I could fit this extra show into my schedule. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to paint on them that I think I ended up painting about 20 decks and drinking 3,482 pots of coffee! ha ha
The show was so positive and fun, it would be impossible for anyone with a heart to leave without at least a little smile on their face. That is when all of those extra hours I spent just washed away and pure happiness took over.
Thanks for reading and supporting me and my art for a day or for 20 years. I appreciate each and every time that someone finds a connection to my art and love of nature.
Aloha, Mahalo and have a beautiful weekend!
|Heather Brown Modern Surf Art Original Skateboard Decks
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