Description The jackass was the primary beast of burden in the Hawaiian Islands for many years, toting the coffee beans and sugarcane up the steep volcanic slopes. Some got away and can be heard braying at night, thus the nickname. There are highway warnings of jackass crossings. They destroy gardens. They still run wild in the scrub and lava fields.
Joe Vittek, Captain Cook, Hawaii Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement My mother was a painter, my brother is an artist in stained glass. I dabbled in both before discovering the magic of digital imaging. My interest in photography started when I was a child and matured through high school. But then college, job, career and family left no money or time for a personal darkroom, so I pursued other interests for more than 30 years. Then, before my first trip to Hawaii, I purchased a digital camera to record our family adventure and I was hooked. I never could draw but, with the camera and computer, I could create the pictures that had eluded me before.
I begin each work with one or more digital photographs and then I blend, filter and tone until the picture that I want emerges.
My mother succeeded in capturing the realism of the photograph with her brushes. I attempt to capture the feeling of the brushes with my photographs.
I hope you enjoy seeing these images as much as I enjoy producing them.