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Who is Ethan

Ethan Fierro carries the artisan bloodline of his Spanish/Italian forebears proudly in his veins. Most directly influenced by his father and grandfather’s artistic talent. Growing up on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Fierro pays moment-to-moment homage to the intrinsic beauty found in the collaboration with the natural world. Currently living on Maui, Hawaii for the past decade he brings his artistic expression to this Pacific venue. Fierro's talents include: Painting, Woodworking, Metallurgy design, Stone sculpting, Jewelry making, Poetry and Authorship.

Philosophy

As a multi-media artist, I feel the creative approach to life offers the opportunity to up-lift our Soul in reverence to the Source of all forms… offering respect to this great mystery of Life we share…
And by guiding this process of “inspiration-into-form”, we are enriched by the reflection of beauty inherent in the outcome… the artistic expression.

Approach

With a comprehensive manufacturing facility in Kahului, HI and an ever expanding team of artistic partners, Fierro and his team collaborate as intermediaries between the ethereal realms of inspiration, concept and design, and the manifestation of structural forms. “We work locally and internationally... Hawaii is actually a conveniently located hub for shipping our work."

Paintings


My predominant style of painting is figurative impressionism. This style allows the viewer to be guided into the storyline of an environment, thus enabling an emotional impact based on the experience of the beholder internally completing the image by what is left unpainted.
My inspiration for subject matter arises from being deeply moved by nature. I am captivated by moments involving animals, birds and ocean creatures… light on and in water, landscapes… poignant events lending the viewer a broader sense and connection to their own soul... the flow of life.
The art/images I create are a reflection of my sense of Spirit moving in all forms… I invite the client to be infused with an inner transformation when they are viewing my paintings.
Historically, I employed an involved process of canvas preparation whereby marble dust is adhered in layers with gesso to the raw surface of the canvas. The pre-painted surface is reminiscent of a burnished yet craggy cave wall. Oil paint is built up and removed, (creation and destruction) creating a subtle gradation and understory of activity, lending a degree of provocative poignancy to the completed composition. The finished composition is as much a reflection of the effect from the paint on the surface as the intended image itself. This process of painting on a stone-based surface is a natural progression following twenty five years of sculpting granite.
As well, transitioning from painting on “canvas" to metal is a welcome paradigm shift; the carved aluminum has an added dimensionality creating depth of composition and movement with the infusion of light unattainable on canvas. Both types of surfaces offer tremendous variations of contrast unique and rich with depth in their own right.
I will endeavor in each painting sale (originals and giclee print reproductions) to make a 30% donation to worthwhile organizations here on Maui... especially those who contribute in some substantial way to the well-being of the Aina. Examples are: Women Helping Women, the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku, The Children’s Justice Center and the Hawaii Farmers Union United – Maui Chapters

Stone


Responding to a deep and ancient calling, Fierro began working with stone shortly after escaping unscathed from a falling half-ton slab of granite. Initially balancing stones for pleasure on the beach, this quickly evolved into creating large balanced "cairns" made permanent with metal rods in their balanced position. As well, basins, lanterns and fountains emerged from this passion.
Maui’s pentagonal river stones offer a new sculptural medium for the Fierro stone palette. Lanterns, torchiers and fountains all depict the myriad possibilities evoked from these shapes...

Wood


Deeply moved by the gift that the Japanese have given to the world in regards to wood technology, Fierro, who grew up the son of an artist, completed a five-year Japanese-style woodworking apprenticeship and has taken this refined approach to new heights on the island of Maui.
Attracting a team of the finest woodworkers on the island, Fierro is now one of the top woodworking manufacturers in the region. Utilizing millworking machinery and traditional Japanese handtools, Fierro’s team creates a wide array of "functional sculpture” : Full wood interiors, staircases, windows, doors, teahouses, meditation huts, pavilions, shoji, furniture, lamps, furo (cedar soaking tubs), and an assortment of architectural details; all are intended to develop that deliciously rich characteristic of time and usage: wabi-sabi.
This element of beauty found in the aging sheen of patina amplifies the understated and refined aesthetic Fierro and his team employ in architectural magnificence beyond words.

Jewerly


Tusk, Tooth & Bone... Historically animal parts have played a central role in the art of jewelry making for a variety of reasons… power… prestige… allure… talisman… reverence… communion...
I fashion arrangements reminiscent of days-of-old… harkening back to a time when the raw voracity of the natural world was depicted directly in one’s personally intimate adornment of the body. Tusks, teeth and bones bear many similar qualities desirable in this artistic genre’; all are imbued with a subtly warm honey-toned quality inherent in concentric growth rings. Whether used in part or whole, these materials mixed with stones, gems, coral, nuts, seeds or a miscellany of other choices… delivers a profound impact of distant murmurings…

Haiku


A medium vast with potential for depicting the fleetingly beautiful, poignant, and melancholic quality of nature and life.
The seventeen syllable, three-line Japanese poetry form sculpts the rich asymmetrical union of environment with sensory and emotional perception through words. Words used with poetic license or in irrationally non-linear arrangements tap hitherto unrealized power and meaning laying patiently dormant.
When unlocked through poetry, the intrinsic heart of our language opens sensate fields of the integral realm.

NATURE

Since ground has been soil
Whether embodied or not
Ancients walk these lands

Moments of drizzle
Unlock sweet desert fragrance
Thick fecundity

Hovering thickly
Snow-laden mists enter me
Tasting of darkness

Tearing dusk in half
Golden light crests white egrets
Returning to roost

Wings ablaze with light
Kaupo raining sunset breeze
Hurtles egrets home

Silence between waves
Coursed through with swift cliff swallows
Chattering of food

Aquamarine sea
Occasionally stirring
With breaching humpbacks

Serpentine hunger
Slithering cormorant dives
Opalescent sea

Muted thunder-heads
Brilliantly glow with sunlight
Viewed through a rain plume

Helplessly held grasping
Moon’s vast gravitational
Revolution

Only revolution
I can stomach, and barely
Able at that

Ivory saturated
Clouds, lend winter warmth
Unveiling moonlight

Gathering dead leaves
Red berries left between stones
My harried raking

Japanese maple
Leaves, delicately float down
Upon this horseshit

Late autumn sumac
Tenacious scarlet leaves cling
Procrastinating…

Raking up the leaves
Unceremoniously
Gently falling down

Hunched cold by a fire
Sweaty and hot, Orion
Hears timber dogs bark

Distant raven clears
It’s throat, of wandering humid
Tree-topped ridge ghosts

Ravenous voices
Croaking worn out prophecies
Through hidden pine-boughs

Swollen Gibbous moon
Swinging low through treetop
Celestial passage

Radiating light
This swelling overhead moon
Overflows her bowl

Moon-hungry oceans
Celestially yearning
Settle for sunlight

One single cricket
Forgetting mortality
Strokes dusks heavenward


MUSE

Angel of passage
A celebration of light
Washing over me

Arising star casts
Her blazing light, upon All
Whom She encounters

Child of the thunder
Dynamic elements live
In this lightning bolt!!

However I looked
She tasted my double-take
Simultaneous!!

World as her oyster
What grains of sand will she plant
Investing for pearls ??

Our constellation
Arising in Eastern skies
Comes prowling for Love… !!

He’s calling her name
Through dark centuries longing
As she NOW appears…

She embraces her
Unrelenting inner truth
Allowing for him

Sensing your body
Alive with resting Angels
Brings great joy to me

Once upon a dune
Two bodies merged into sand
Across dark Heavens

Moist windswept coastline
Cradles us in her
Protective bosom…

Endlessly stroking
Oceans we cross together
Finding our shoreline…

Laying by your side
I feel Heaven seeping in
As water through stone…

Laying in hot sand
These oil-covered bodies slide
Into cool water

Suspended in you
Earth hurtles through indigo space
Returning us Home… !!

Ten thousand ten years
I’ve breathed you in wind and rain
Your face, every drop

Bathed in afterglow
Your face reflects Sun-kissed clouds
Suspended in dusk…

Our countless blessings
Spread across multiple fronts
Focus back to Love

These endless kalpas
Eroding mountain shadows
Scarf pulled by our bird…

Ceaselessly spinning
Our shared spherical body
Continues to form...

Painting by Ethan Fierro
CONTEMPLATIVE

Solitary pool
How deep does my metronome
Eternally drop ??

How many lifetimes
Of impermanence, will one
Lowly self cling to ??

Anxiety’s grip
My fear is less than serious
Described in Haiku

Mercury turns slow
Retrograde plummeting me
Every inch a mile,

Howling winds remind
Life and death with every breath
Mountains into dust

Widening columns
Of our Beloved’s ashes
Drifting among whales

So quiet, I hear
Far ranging expansiveness
Ringing in my ears

One sip of coffee
Inspiration or bowels
Which will explode first ??

What’s one syllable
More or less than seventeen ??
Surely not Haiku

Book


The Outdoor Shower:

Creative Design Ideas for Backyard Living, from the Functional to the Fantastic published by Storey Publishing, (now out and available at amazon.com) is Fierro's comprehensive guide featuring a layman's approach to designing and building your own outdoor shower.

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Author Ethan Fierro

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Clients


Ethan Fierro has done several major construction jobs for me over the last three years. These include designing and building a Japanese-style teahouse on our property, a custom-designed front door and a custom cabinet for supplies for tea ceremony (which my wife studies).
His work is of the highest quality. The teahouse, in fact, has been featured in media in Japan. Ethan has a genius and a flair for creative challenges. Moreover, his technical craftsmanship is at a level almost impossible to find in carpenters.
But what sets him apart are personal qualities; he is a pleasure to work with. Ethan's ethical standards are superb; I trust him utterly (a rare relief in dealing with contractors). Beyond that, he is a delight to be around, exhibiting those qualities of empathy, listening, and sensitivity that I wrote about in my book, Emotional Intelligence.
I recommend him without reservation.
--Daniel Goleman


I am writing to confirm Mr. Ethan Fierro has a skill and taste in Japanese room.
I am very satisfied with what he did for me.
Especially my Japanese room was started by someone else and gave up the job half done.
Mr. Fierro was most agreeable to take up the job and finished in promised time. I am very grateful for that.
--Keiko Thayer President, Boston Japan Society


I am writing on behalf of Ethan Fierro who worked in my studio as a master craftsman on several projects. In one project he helped construct a small pavilion for a private residence and in another he traveled with my crew to construct the exterior gardens and sculptural elements for the Federal Drug Administration Building just outside of Washington DC. Besides being a master of his woodworking craft, Ethan is a creative, energetic problem solver , a very good worker and team member.   I highly recommend his work and personal character.
--Michael Singer, international environmental artist and designer


I recently contracted Ethan Fierro for a project at our home on Martha's Vineyard. Ethan was exceedingly pleasant to work with and very thorough in his execution of the project. In summary,
Was he on time? Yes
Was he on budget? Yes
Would I hire him again? Absolutely!
--Peter Huson


Ethan Fierro designed us a gorgeous gazebo that compliments the landscaping but also adds a special dimension of serenity. Ethan brings a full artistic personality to his work, including a sense of humor, quirky work hours, spirited use of recycled materials and a reverence for the creative act.
He is also a thorough businessman and the only contractor we have ever employed in twenty-five years who actually finished the job exactly on time.
--Katie George


Ethan made me a shoji door that was both elegant and practical.
I think his skills are one of the best in the market. The whole shoji was handmade by him and every little detail was designed with a lot of thought and precision.
His dedication and his serious attitude toward his work made me feel confident working with him.
I strongly recommend Ethan.
--George Wu


This letter is a strong and thoroughly positive endorsement of the fine landscaping stone work done for us by Ethan Fierro. The scope of this work included the selection and placement of field boulders, stone steps embedded in a bank as a stairway, driveway entrance definitions including a wall and large boulder and finally a delicately balanced and very distinctive monument.
Ethan is extraordinarily capable and equally responsible. He is skilled in this work as well as very innovative and artistic. We respect and enjoy him as a person and as a talented and adaptable professional.
We will enthusiastically call on Ethan again for any future needs we may have.
--John Luke


Ethan is an unusual combination of artist, sculptor, fabricator and craftsman. In his work on my penthouse roof terrace pergola, I found Ethan to be expert in his abilities and sincere in his sensibilities.
--Lance J. Brown, FAIA Professor, School of Architecture, City College, NYC


I would highly recommend Ethan for any project which would mix artistry, precision and practicality. He has the background to complete a large renovation project or a single piece of furniture and produce an excellent result
--Paul Tuller, Ethan's mentor In Japanese woodwork



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Philanthropy


Vision of Giving

Being nurtured by living on Maui, I feel brings the responsibility of giving something back to the community in a meaningful way. I will endeavor in each painting sale (originals and giclee print reproductions) to make a 30% donation to worthwhile organizations here on Maui... especially those who contribute in some substantial way to the well-being of the Aina. Examples are: Women Helping Women, the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku, The Children’s Justice Center and the Hawaii Farmers Union United – Maui Chapters



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