In June 2010, I took a voyage to the island of Moorea, Tahiti's Sister Island. I was heading to a place I'd only read about and imagined, an exotic land that had compelled Gauguin to paint and Fletcher Christian to mutiny. With sketchbook and camera in hand, I went to experience it for myself. Living there changed it from postcard-perfection to a layered and challenging place to paint. The featured watercolors are from my sketchbook; the oil paintings were done upon my return in 2010 and 2011.