About Patrick Ching
Born in Hawaii in 1962, Patrick Ching has spent a lifetime teaching people about nature through his art. He grew up exploring the valleys and shorelines of Hawaii and by age sixteen was a professional artist painting everything from coconuts to large murals.
Patrick received a scholarship and attended the Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he studied print making and Leeward College where he majored in ceramics. His most influential artistic mentors were Jim Rayker, Herb Kane, and international surrealist artist John Pitre.
Patrick volunteered for many wildlife organizations and eventually became a ranger for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Kilauea lighthouse on Kauai. He also lived for extended periods of time among sea turtles and monk seals on the remote North Western Hawaiian Islands.
In 1984 Patrick wrote his first coloring books on Hawaiian animals and the success of those books launched his publishing career and he has since authored many award winning books including Sea Turtles of Hawaii, The Hawaiian Monk Seal, and The Story of Hina.
His latest book entitled “Honu and Hina” was illustrated with the help of many children, teachers and parents. It received the Hawaii Book Publisher’s association’s “Ka Palapala Po’okela” award for the most excellent children’s book of 2015.
From 1986-1992 Patrick wrote a monthly column in the Hawaiian newspaper “Ka Wai Ola O OHA”.
The column entitled “Naturally Hawaiian” featured a different Hawaiian animal each month.
Naturally Hawaiian was also the name of Ching’s business and he opened the first of his art galleries and art schools under that name in 1996 in Waimanalo, Oahu. In 2008 he opened his next gallery in Hanalei, Kauai where he continues to live today.
Patrick’s on camera experience started with teaching Hawaii’s schoolkids how to draw animals in five minutes. The shows aired for 25 years and many people still remember them today. He is a regular guest on news reports and for many years was Hawaii’s best known rodeo clown. Patrick credits those years as enabling him to move crowds and become comfortable and spontaneous on live TV.
A lifelong athlete, Patrick excelled in baseball, high school wrestling, football, and even became a professional boxer. He is an avid horseman and equestrian safety marshal and for many years rode bulls and broncs in Hawaii before clowning rodeos in Hawaii, California and New Zealand. Now he surfs as often as possible and catches bullfrogs barehanded just to enjoy them for a while and let em go.
Patrick now travels internationally doing art projects, painting workshops, and live painting shows at resorts and events to raise money and awareness for various wildlife organizations.
“My mission in life is to help people to express their inner artist, and in doing so make the world a more beautiful place.”