Aloha from Maui!
I moved to Maui from Pacifica (San Francisco area) in the 1970s to surf Hawaii’s big waves. It was love at first sight, the sun, waves, people and natural beauty have me hooked.
I am a “jack of all trades” restaurants, commercial painting, ministry, and construction have all paid the bills. But it wasn’t until I turned fifty that I decided to really explore my interest in woodworking and photography. In them, I found a passion and expression of the things that excite me about Hawaii.
My first carved piece, Welcome Home (a huge driftwood log hand chiseled to depict the parable of the Prodigal Son) and Island Rocker, (Earpod and Koa sculpted rocker) were accepted into the prestigious Art Maui Show in 2005 and 2006. Orders and Gallery requests followed.
During this same time I began shooting images of the amazing surf and God inspired beauty of Maui. This lead to the formation of Neal Studios. My surf photography focuses on the big surf of Maui, Peahi (Jaws) and Honolua Bay, as seen in Surfline, Magicseaweed, CNN, Surfer and other international magazines and websites. My goal is to make images available for everyone in the water, not just the pros.
My nature photography and woodwork focuses on the endangered rare birds, sea life, and the breathtaking land and seascapes of Maui. As seen in Art Maui (’09-’11), Hui No’eau Shows, Mālama Wao Akua Shows (2004-2013), Photo Maui, Open Studios Maui, No Ka Oi magazine and others.
I enjoy blending the two passions by making organic, dimensional frames using local woods for my images.
I hope you enjoy my work, as much as I do creating it.
My wife (author Toby Neal) and I call upcountry Maui our home, where we raised two awesome kids.
You may find my work at my home studio and at Native Intelligence on Maui.
I enjoy making custom pieces and commissions are welcome.
Let’s make something special.
Michael Neal : Mike@NealStudios.net
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Ps. I’m not a writer, so a “pictograph” is more like it…