Thanks to his father’s career in the U.S. Navy, Lance grew up in and around the ocean where he learned to swim, surf and sail, developing a deep love of the ocean. This love would result in his first job as a lifeguard with the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps in Jacksonville, Florida.  

After high school, Lance attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Here, he would discover a passion for painting that endures to this day. Lance’s love of the ocean ultimately led to other pursuits such as rebuilding a sailboat that was wrecked by Hurricane Frederick, and later moving to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands for two winters for adventure and surfing.

All the while, however, the place that was calling was Hawaii. In 1983, Lance and his brother Rory decided to come to Hawaii for the winter surf season, and Lance has been here ever since.

Today, he lives on the north windward shore of Oahu with his wife, Letitia, who is from Hong Kong, and their two children, Alexis and James.

“While I was first drawn to Hawaii by the surf and natural beauty, it is the people and the Hawaiian culture that holds me here to this day.”

There is a joy for living in this culture which is best described as the “aloha spirit.” It means “to be present with ha, the breath of life; to know one another personally; to share in the joy of living fully.”

“It is my hope to share aloha with you through my God-given gifts as an artist. 

Aloha kakou (may there be friendship and love between us)!”