The Unexpected Pilgrimage of Crayola Guy
By 2016, two years of traveling and the realization that our political climate was turning hateful and racist, I started working on more pieces dealing with humanity. People at the air museum, commenting on my portraits of either Japanese or Japanese Americans, sometime even images of children, prompted several white people to say hateful things like "we should round up all the Muslims too."
"Crayola Guy" came because while onboard a US Coast Guard boat in the Persian Gulf in 2006, as an official artist for them, one day one of the crewmembers started calling me "CG". "CG?" I asked him. "You're Crayola Guy," he replied, smiling.
The "pilgrimage" came from a novel I'd read called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry about a man who sets off to mail a card to a friend in hospice and instead ends up walking the length of England to see her. Along the way he discovered who he really was.