While working his way towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Long Beach State University, Ken built one of the world’s most prominent silkscreen and T-shirt companies, creating now-legendary surfing art that adorned surfers from Belmont Shores to Hawaii to Mexico. His surfing images, silk-screened as original prints on paper, became the “fine art” of this beach culture, and today, represent the classic surf art of the past century.
At the heart of Ken’s work was always the awareness of the fine line between man-make and nature. In the mid-1990’s, Ken moved to a more serious art level—involving him with the immediacy of oil paints as opposed to the process-burdened medium of printmaking. Throwing himself into the splendor of “plein air” (on location) painting, Ken discovered the richness and broad colors of the city life he long avoided. As he will tell you, he rejoiced in this new found ability to paint anything and everything—cafes, train stations, airports, street scenes, and of course, never far away, was the beach, his first love.
Ken’s passion for painting is shared with hundreds of students who each year travel from around the world to attend his workshops in Laguna Beach and Carmel. With his wife, Paulette Martinson, they have a thriving art world centered at their studio and gallery in picturesque Laguna Canyon.