Doug Fine was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Attending the University of Nevada, he studied figure drawing while working as a junior draftsman for an architectural firm in Reno. This training, combined with a previous twelve years of freelance oil painting have given him the ability to develop his creative talents in the art of scrimshaw. Doug has been a resident of Maui for over fifteen years and is a member of the Lahaina Art Society. He is a recognized and reputable Maui scrimshander.
David has been creating unique art items on Maui since 1981. His mediums of choice are all types of ivory, karat gold, sterling silver, and exotic hardwoods. In addition to being the Production Manager, Art director and craftsman for Lahaina Scrimshaw, Dave also performs goldsmith services for Jessica's Gems, our sister store. Just about everything in our stores has been touched by Dave's hands in one way or another. During his "off hours" he hand carves Hawaiian-style ivory fishhook pendants and does handle conversions on several lines of pocketknives. In response to customer requests, Dave has made everything from an ivory crucifix to pistol grips. Restoration of ivory carvings, both contemporary and antique, are another of his specialities. A natural artistic talent and attention to detail are apparent in everything he does. Born in Jersey City, NJ in 1956, Dave worked in a variety of blue collar-type jobs before moving to Maui in 1981, where he discovered the artist within himself. He lives below the slopes of Haleakala in Kihei with his wife, Gracie.
Bonnie Colombo began her art career in the medium of watercolor. A lifelong drawer, she is inspired by Maui's natural beauty and created colorful still life and landscapes. In 2002, she began her work in scrimshaw. Using the same inspiration from her watercolors, she created native florals, sea life and sailing vessels. The artist is a member of the Maui Watercolorist Society as well as the Art School at Kapalua, where she studied with various Maui instructors as well as at the University of Hawaii- Maui Campus.
Comfortably ensconced on a 15 acre farm located 12 miles from Mt. Baker, Washington, Chris Lehwalder spends his time engraving professionally and composing on his Steinway grand piano for fun. Chris inherited his love of the arts from his mother, a thirty year veteran of the Seattle Symphony. Indeed, his entire family is gifted. One of his sisters is a cellist in London, another is with the Joffrey Ballet and a third is a professional harpist in New York. With a degree in history from the University of Washington and a six year apprenticeship with the now defunct Alaskan Silver and Ivory Company, Chris had paid his dues. Long a proven master of scrimshaw on mammoth ivory, Chris has only recently changed to the more stable, though harder, fossil walrus ivory. His inspired use of color, his daring sense of composition, tempered by a basic perfectionism, along with a very controlled output have made the works of Chris Lehwalder among the most sought after in all the world of scrimshaw.
Ray Peters was born in Princeton, West Virginia in 1948 but was raised in Hermosa Beach, California. His artistic talents became apparent at an early age and he was encouraged and given support by his parents to further his efforts in his chosen field, art. In 1971, Ray received several whale's teeth from a relative living on the island of Maui. Lahaina, a famous whaling port of the pacific in the 1800's seemed a logical choice for Ray's relocation and he moved to Maui in 1972. He continued teaching himself the meticulous fundamentals of "Scrimshaw", the art of American whalers, and also was involved in extensive research to learn the basics of ships and their rigging. Ray is an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists and has received top award recognition from the prestigious Mystic Internationals. His presentation is historically accurate, for no liberties are taken in the realistic renderings of his subjects. Marine subjects make up the majority of Ray's work, but he is equally adept at portraying wildlife, Hawaiian history and whimsical themes. Due to the decreasing supply of sperm whale's teeth, elephant, walrus, hippo and boar tusk ivories, Ray has chosen to utilize the fragments and artifacts of "fossilized" walrus tusks. This beautiful ivory, after retrieval from its burial ground in Alaska, exhibits delicate color changes subject to the rich mineral deposits in the soil and is the perfect medium of Ray's expertise and rare sensitivity.
Matt was raised in New Jersey and at the age of nine, moved with his family to Sante Fe, New Mexico, a city with a rich art culture, both ancient and modern. With his love for art, and this ideal environment, he began his study of sculpture, etching, lithography, drawing and painting. In 1976, he moved with his wife, Nancy, to Bellingham, Washington, in search of a change in climate and environment. Here he attended art classes at Western Washington University and exhibited his paintings in student shows and local exhibitions. In 1978, Matt was introduced to scrimshaw and as a freelance artist, began working on large pieces, using his experience in oil painting with his new found and ever developing, scrimshaw techniques. "I have found ivory an enjoyable and exciting medium- each piece having its own character and possibilities." He still lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, Nancy and their two daughters, Anna and Karin.
Born in Los Gatos, California in 1955, Peter grew to be an avid surfer and sailor. His love for nautical art manifested itself at an early age with pen and ink drawings. His nautical heritage actually dates back to 1603 when Queen Elizabeth I bestowed Knighthood on Sir Thomas Kinney for supplying ships to the Royal Navy. After moving to Hawaii to find "the perfect wave", he discovered the art of scrimshaw. His career blossomed from that point on, and over the past 18 years Peter has become one of the top scrimshanders in Hawaii. His scrimshaw is found in some of the most discriminating collections in the world. Peter spends his time between the island of Kauai, Hawaii and Port Townsend, Washington, which expands his creative spirit as seen in his nostalgic views of ships and marine mammals.
Yoko is a native of Hiroshima, Japan, where she mastered the traditional ink and brush painting (Sumi-e). She broadened her artistic experience by studying at the University of Hawaii, where she graduated with a B.A. in Art. Specializing in pen and ink drawings and oil painting, her work received immediate acclaim and has been continually selected for juried gallery showings. Upon graduating, Yoko fell in love with scrimshaw and the natural medium for twin passions of fine detail and oil color. She resides on Kailua Beach on the island of O'ahu.