Much of my art is inspired by music. "Diga Diga Doo" is named after an amazing piece of "exotica-music" that started as a "swing" tune from a 1928 Broadway musical. It was re-recorded by the legendary exotica composer Martin Denny in 1961.
Exotica music was "Hawaiiana-music" popular in mid-century America. Its goal was to take the listener on an audio trip, often complete with sound effects like bird calls, to an "exotic" land, very far away from the very conservative work-a-day-world.
Denny's exotica "Diga Diga Doo" is a near perfect audio embodiment of what I am seeking to represent with my Tiki-Art. The painting is also the answer to the exotic-question; "What would a living Tiki-Mug look like"?
The Exotic Traveler was painted for a specific reason, I was asked to paint something for the cover of "Tiki Magazine". This was a very big deal for me! I wanted to show a classic looking Tiki. I wanted it to vein a very classic "Hawaiianna" setting a beautiful night scene of a secluded beach, a perfect wave, with a small enchanted tiki hut on a beach in the background. I carefully placed in exotic orchids to frame the foreground.
Then, I wanted a touch of the fantastic; I wanted to show something about local superstitions we have on the big Island of Hawaii about spirit-balls glowing in the jungle. A few dance around the hut, then one rises up out of the sand right in front of the TIKI. What is it? Good question! As the title suggests maybe it's a visitor from far away enjoying the beauty of Hawaii, an inter-dimensional tourist? Maybe a dear departed loved on watching over family? Or maybe just a trick of the light and the glowing lights you sometimes see in the jungle at night are nothing at all. These questions are best answered by the viewer.