The passions of Mr. James Rack continue to attract attention to people who have witnessed what this special artist has offered to the islands of Hawaii.

He has always had a passion for kayaking; a sport that he first discovered while growing up in the U.S.

As a young man, Jim expanded his silent-sports horizons in far-off Hawaii, where he was stationed in 1967 while serving in the armed forces.

“I fell in love with Hawaii,” he said. “I even started surfing in my spare time.”

And although he does not spent his entire time in Hawaii since his days in the service, he has spent more than 30 years’ worth of winters in a seawall bungalow close to Waikiki, painting the islands he grew so fond of. But, each summer, he would return to the mainland to continue his love for water sports.

His crossover passion however, is art.

“My grandfather was a commercial artist, producing ads for Gimbals,” he said. “I thought, boy, is that neat. I started out painting ‘Hawaiiana’. I participated in a 50-artist display in Honolulu and sold four pieces before I even hung them up.

“I’ve worked in oils most of my life but had to quit due to Parkinson’s. So I switched over to watercolor. Boy, what a challenge.”

Despite that he doesn’t paint much any longer, the appreciation for his artwork continues to grow steadily, as some of those treasured works surface as the years go by.

We are indeed pleased to be able to offer to you the very special works of a very gifted artist, Mr. James Rack.