Born in Hawaiʻi in 1962, Patrick Ching has spent a lifetime teaching people about nature through his art. He grew up exploring the valleys and shorelines of Hawaiʻi and at age sixteen decided to be a nature artist after seeing Hawaiian hawks in Pololū Valley for the first time. He then became a professional artist painting everything from coconuts to large murals. Patrick received a scholarship and attended the Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he studied print making and Leeward College where he majored in ceramics. Patrick volunteered for many wildlife organizations and eventually became a ranger for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Kīlauea lighthouse on Kauaʻi. He also lived for extended periods of time among sea turtles and monk seals on the remote North Western Hawaiian Islands.
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