Patrick Ching

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Hidden Valley painting by Patrick Ching

Patrick Ching (born 1962) is a wildlife artist, ornithological illustrator, and author of children's books including coloring books. He also owns the [1] in Waimanalo, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

Patrick Ching is known as Hawaii's Nature Artist. His natural talent mixed with formal training at Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles quickly launched Ching into an internationally known and respected painter. Ching advanced his talents after college by working in the field for the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he explored remote areas of the islands, learning the creatures and places that inspire his work. He soon gained international recognition due to his paintings remarkable likeness to photographs.

Ching's works of art can be seen on the 1986 Hawaiian Telephone Phone Book Cover featuring Haley's Comet during a one man show in Governor Waihe'e's office in 1987, as well as Hawaii's first Wildlife Conservation Stamp featuring the Hawaii state bird the nene (goose.) A hundred-foot mural for the Salt Lake Public Library depicting the artist's favorite historic scenes from the Salt Lake/Moanalua area on the island of Oahu also dons Ching's work.

Ching has been celebrated as the "feature artist" for various events around the island including the 2008 Haleiwa Arts Festival and the "CELEBRATION of the SEA" Art Miles Murals Project Hawaii 2008. Additionally, his artwork has been featured in various newspapers and television shows and in several local and national magazines including Wildlife Art News, Audubon, and Birders World. He is also a prolific author of many detailed books on Hawaiian wildlife.

Ching continues to dedicate his life to preserving and capturing the essence of the islands through art by domating his time and talents for various outreach programs within the community, including conducting free art classes at local elementary schools. He also conducts regular art classes at private sessions at his famous "Naturally Hawaiian" gallery in the heart of Waimanalo.

Ching's commissioned artwork can be seen the homes of art enthusiasts and collectors around the world.

"I paint the places and things that I love with the colors that have surrounded my life. My objective is to take the beauty that I have experienced and bring it into people's homes and their lives so that they may appreciate the things that are Naturally Hawaiian." Patrick Ching

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  1. ^ Naturally Hawaiian Gallery and Gifts

-National Scholastic Art award 1979, 1980 among 3 Hawaii finalists -Otis/Parsons Art Institute Achievement Scholarship 1980 -California College of Art and Crafts Portfolio Scholarship 1980 -Youngest artist to design the state of Hawaii’s Phone book 1986 -One-man art show at Governor John Waihe’e’s Office, Hawaii State Capital 1990 - Designed Hawaii’s first Wildlife Conservation stamp featuring the Nene goose -Opened Naturally Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts in Waimanalo 1996 -Websites: http://www.patrickching.com or http://www.naturallyhawaiian.com

Collectors include: -Smithsonian Museum in New York -Bishop Museum, Honolulu -International Recording Artist, Keali’i Reichell -Japan’s Princess Michiko

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