Artist: Travis Turqueza
Title: Seasons Change
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
About "Seasons Change": During Cook's last voyage to Hawai'i, artist John Webber sat on the shore and sketched out a scene he was witnessing; masked men carrying feathered idols to shore, marking a shift in the seasons. A mock battle played out on shore: Ku has returned and Lono was leaving. Not only had the the seasons changed, but the mindset of the people as well; disrespect would no longer be tolerated. This was the season where warriors and chiefs played their favorite games--games of conquest. Shortly after this, the events that led to Cook's death played out.
Bio: Born in Hawai’i, raised both on Lāna’i and in California, Travis Turqueza is a multimedia artist, part time teacher/farmer, and full time creator. Art has always been part of his life--he is inspired by artists like Herb Kane, Solomon Enos and Rocky Jensen, and Frank Frazetta--and a love and appreciation of Hawai’i, its culture and history.
"No matter what medium I work with paint, digital, photography, etc., I hope my art inspires connection to place, people, a feeling. I hope to inspire with my art the way art inspired me. I hope it encourages other people to find their own connection."