Clifton Carrera was born in 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the melting pot of the Pacific. Growing up on the island of Oahu, he was enchanted by the beauty of the natural world around him as well as developing a strong respect and love for the different cultures of people that live there. The sounds of the crashing surf and the sweet scent of gardenias and hibiscus flowers seemed to be everywhere. As he puts it, "I was surrounded by majestic green mountains, swaying palm trees and amazing sunsets; Hawaii truly is a paradise, a place of wonder." After leaving Hawaii at age 10, he moved to Colorado for a short time. Encouraged by friends and family, Clifton entered a national drawing and coloring contest where he won fifth place. He then settled in San Diego where the mix of cultures stimulated his artistic talent. Throughout his school years, he always took art classes and often gave away his artwork of landscapes, wildlife and portraits to his fellow students. In 1985, Clifton began his career as a civil servant for the state of California where he worked diligently for 14 years. In 1998, he suffered on the job injuries that ended his career. A few years later, Clifton was asked by his sister Lori to do a small painting for her to match the tile in her kitchen. I told her that I hadnt picked up a brush in over 15 years, Clifton said. Nonetheless, he did it for her and she loved it. I hadnt thought about revisiting my artistic side for so long, but now I have the time to pursue it and I have my sister Lori to thank for that," says Clifton.Clifton is now an accomplished and self-taught artist who attributes his talent as a God given gift. "I believe in capturing a moment and immortalizing it on canvas by illustrating it in such a way that it becomes a shared moment anyone can relate to and be moved by." Clifton continues to capture these moments in life whether it depicts a person, a place or a scene. In the spirit of "Aloha," he invites you to share in these treasured moments.