Clark Takashima is focused on Surf Art as a genre poised to make its mark in history. When you look at his work, it is a testimony of time spent in juicy waves. You are transported to the fleeting moments, spaces, and rarity of the surf-able wave. His palette is alive with vibrant color to captivate all (the serene and the explosive) that is contained in this natural beauty that surrounds us while in and around the ocean. Within the multitude of waves he has ridden, Clark is still amazed that Man has learned to ride them. These experiences have instilled in him an undying passion to grow his artistic ability into one which perpetually fuels his life path to encourage forward thinking.
By presenting surfing, (how a surfer sees it) his art inspires us to stay active in the preservation of our environment "Connections, not competition", Clark states. He values the importance of the future generations and the growth of Surf Art as a true Genre-to make a difference in the worlds future. "As we teach and inspire our youth with dynamic thinking, only a brighter reality will be realized." When asked about the recent growth of new artists doing Surf Art, "I feel a connection with other Surf Artists-in the way we all celebrate the Ocean's beauty in our work. Surf Art as an art movement, is a relatively new genre compared to Seascape and is a perfect fit for everyone's connection with our Earth."
Born and raised in Hawaii, Takashima began drawing at age 5 and painted surf art since he was 15. He feels lucky to have traveled around the world and has seen nearly every living condition imaginable. Clark now spends each day practicing a wealth of lessons from mentors who have helped him grow into what he calls his "Blue Collar Degree"-A U.S. Marine, High Tower Worker, Live Concert and TV Lighting Crew Chief were a few of his "class electives". He has learned all life experiences both good and bad are lessons in gratitude. "I've been exceptionally fortunate to have many positive people help me in my life. Now, I aim to help perpetuate the practice of Aloha through and beyond my paintings and sculpture."