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Desmond Thain was born in the Year of the Rat in Honolulu, Hawaii. That same year, he moved to Osaka, Japan where his twin siblings, Lawrence and Sheena, were born. Being a dual citizen and spending time in both Hawaii and Japan has enabled Desmond to express a true blend of his deep cultural roots through art. An athlete to the bone, his unparalleled drive has evolved from Jiu Jitsu champion to wrestling champion to surfing, freediving, and spearfishing as if he were a new species of marine mammal. This ensures his inspiration for each work of art is not simple passive observation but an intimate relationship with nature. Anatomical correctness is not often seen in marine art. Desmond not only made it look easy but he has also been able to seamlessly infuse his cultural background into many of his pieces. In a word “Gyotaku!”

This was his first step into the world of professional art. A fan of Wyland as a child, they were able to meet and exchange gifts, an autograft book for a child’s work of art. Now Desmond has fans of his own looking forward to his next piece with high expectations. Here’s interesting information for fans. Desmond actually has two names! In Japan, his legal name is Kosei Nishio, a direct descendant of the samurai class. Confucius said, “never give a sword to a man that can’t dance.” They gave Desmond a sword…

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