Duane Padilla, Honolulu Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Duane Padilla is a multi-disciplined artist who expresses himself in the performing, visual, and the culinary arts. A classically trained violinist, he holds degrees in Music from Northwestern University and Yale University. He currently performs with the Honolulu Symphony, The Hot Club of Hulaville, and the Gemini Duo. As a freelance chef, he received training from the Culinary Institute of America. His food is best described as California Cuisine with Eurasian overtones. A self-taught photographer, he has been taking photographs since he was 15 years old. His work encompasses, wedding, commercial, and artistic projects.
Duane volunteers his artistic talent to The Littlest Heroes Project, a non-profit based organization made up of professional photographers nationwide that provide free photo sessions to our nations Littlest Heroes. This is their way of giving back and taking a stand for these children who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. We are here to let them know that they are heroes to many, and to share their inspirational stories and photos with the world. http://www.littlestheroesproject.org/