I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, snow country. At age 12 I was transplanted to Sunny California, a change which, in time, I grew to treasure. I met my colorful, sweet husband in 1968, and we went through all of Hippiedom together, until this very day, 47 years later. In 2009,
we ultimately moved even further West than San Francisco, to the Big Island of Hawai'i. Before that I studied at University of California in Berkeley, and I won the best prize one could win there, the Eisner prize, twice (1987 and 1988). I think that was because I had something to express, and I found a way to do it. I loved my experience at Berkeley, in its every nuance.  As a Bay Area expressionist, I concentrated on very large abstract painting during those years. and still do so, at my home studio, among others things!

Hawai'i has been inspirational on all levels. We treasure our existence here on the river at Enoka Place, on the scenic Hamakua Coast.  My work takes many forms, and for the purposes our HPP Holiday Open Studios, I will be featuring only my small mandalas (gel pen on wooden panels), and sturdy canvas, shoulder-strap tote bags, which I create digitally, from the original mandalas.
Ethel Mann