The volcano inspires me. Before my first visit to the Big Island in 1998, volcanoes filled me with fear. However, after extensive research and many more vacations, I eventually become comfortable with the idea of living near one. I discovered a beauty in lava forms. I became enthralled with the myths and legends of Pele. Like an Impressionist painting, the landscape of this island shimmers with a rich iridescence which I try to capture in my work.