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.
After volunteering for many wildlife organizations he 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.
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.