Hawaii artist Patrick Ching is one of the most internationally acclaimed nature artists in the world. Patrick grew up in the lush valleys of Pauoa and later Moanalua. He loved to camp in the wilderness communicating with his family using only homing pigeons. After years of volunteering with various wildlife organizations, Patrick became a ranger for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife refuge on Kaua’i. Ching spent months at a time in field camps working to protect endangered species such as monk seals, seabirds and turtles. He produced many award winning books including “The Hawaiian Monk Seal” and “Sea Turtles of Hawaii” as well as numerous children's books that are used in schools all over the country. Traversing Hawaii’s most remote rainforests, Patrick carefully studied native plants and animals which most of the world has never seen. In 1985 he was dropped by helicopter into the Hanawi rainforest on slopes of Haleakala Volcano, to observe the only nest ever found of the world’s rarest bird the Po’ouli. Ching spent weeks in constant wetness watching the birds twelve hours a day to create “Soul Provider” the most accurately detailed painting ever done of this species. Ching's works of art can be seen on the 1986 Hawaiian Telephone Phone Book Cover featuring Haley's Comet during a one man show in Governor Waihe'e's office in 1987, as well as Hawaii's first Wildlife Conservation Stamp featuring the Hawaii state bird the nene (goose.) A hundred foot mural for the Salt Lake Public Library depicting the artist's favorite historic scenes from the Salt Lake/Moanalua area on the island of Oahu also dons Ching's work.
Ching has been celebrated as the "feature artist" for various events around the island including the 2008 Haleiwa Arts Festival and the "CELEBRATION of the SEA" Art Miles Murals Project Hawaii 2008. Additionally, his artwork has been featured in various newspapers and television shows and in several local and national magazines including Wildlife Art News,Audubon, and Birders World. He is also a prolific author of many detailed books on Hawaiian wildlife.
Ching continues to dedicate his life to preserving and capturing the essence of the islands through art by donating his time and talents for various outreach programs within the community, including conducting free art classes at local elementary schools. He also conducts regular art classes at private sessions at his famous "Naturally Hawaiian" gallery in the heart of Waimanalo.
Ching's commissioned artwork can be seen the homes of celebrities, museums, art enthusiasts and collectors around the world.
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