Biography of Patrick Ching
Born and raised in Hawaii, artist Patrick Ching has spent a lifetime devoted to the preservation of Hawaii's wildlife and environment.
He grew up exploring the valleys and shorelines of Hawaii and during a month long Outward Bound wilderness program for youth at risk, saw his first Hawaiian Hawks in the sky over Pololou valley.
“During that experience I decided to devote my life to educating people about Hawaii’s native wildlife through my art”.
In 1980 Patrick won a scholarship to Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also attended the University of Hawaii at Leeward college and UH Manoa. His most influential mentor is international surrealist artist John Pitre.
Patrick volunteered for many wildlife organizations and eventually became a ranger for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Kilauea lighthouse on Kauai. He also lived for extended periods of time among Sea Turtles and Monk Seals on the remote North Western Hawaiian Islands.
In his quest for environmental awareness Patrick Ching authored many award winning books including Sea Turtles of Hawaii and The Hawaiian Monk Seal, University of Hawaii Press, Native Animals of Hawaii, Endangered Animals of Hawaii, Exotic animals in Hawaii, and Hawaii’s Beautiful Birds, Bess Press
The Story of Hina and The Tale of Rabbit Island, Island Heritage publishing.
For nine years he wrote the popular column in the OHA Newspaper on native wildlife entitled “Naturally Hawaiian”.
Through his life Patrick has been consistently featured in major Hawaiian newspapers, television and radio being dubbed “Hawaii’s Nature Artist”.
He has also been written up in many national and international, newspapers and featured on numerous television shows. He is currently involved in creating international art and nature television shows.
Notable achievements include Hawaiian Telephone’s phone book cover of Haley’s Comet 1986, Hawaii’s first wildlife conservation stamp of Nene in Hanalei Valley 1996, State Foundation Culture and Arts Murals “Moanalua Memories” in the Salt Lake Library 1998, and Pope Elementary School tile mural “My Waimanalo” in 2003. He is currently working on his third State Foundation mural at Lehua Elementary School.
Patrick Ching has produced numerous environmental education posters for various organizations including the Audubon Society, State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and The Conservation Council of Hawaii.
In 1996 Patrick opened Naturally Hawaiian Gallery and Art School in Waimanalo and in 2008 opened his second gallery in Princeville, Kauai.
He now travels internationally painting and conducting realistic nature painting workshops.
Learn more about Patrick Ching and his art at PatrickChingArt.com
Contact [email protected] phone (808) 259-5354