Another gorgeous day. From our studio window, I can see the jagged peaks of the Napali Coast to the North. Those mountains, unlike any I've ever seen, rise almost vertically, thousands of feet from crystal clear waters below. Kauai is estimated to have arisen from its volcanic womb over 5 million years ago, making it among the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Fierce erosion has since created these majestic spires all along the North Shore, famous for surfing and the truly epic Kalalau trail. This is the first painting I've started (and now nearly completed) since my arrival here. It aims to capture the essence of this wild shore, the incredible energy that flows through the island and the stunning sunrises and moonsets I've been fortunate to witness following evenings I don't stay up way too late painting.