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Hawaii born Syd Vierra comes from a large extended hawaiian/portugese family that is state wide, and well known. His family moved to the San Fransisco Bay area were Syd enrolled in art classes and excelled as an art student. He learned the importence of shades, shadows, lines and forms, as well as perspective drawings and porportions. As early as grade school Syd has been doing free hand art work.

Today Syd enjoys photography and believes that the rules that apply are the same. When it come to lighting, shades, and shadows Syd believes artwork and photography are parallel, and are connected.

As many art collectors know, Hawaiian wood products are some of the most beautiful objects of the woodturning art. Part of the reason is the beauty and variety of the woods growing in Hawaii, and part is due to the skill of the individual artist. Syd has been woodturning since 2001 and has become one of Hawaii’s leading artists. He has developed his own style of art by using aniline dye’s that are applied like no one else. Through trial-and-error Syd produces one of a kind pieces. Because of Syd's Hawaiian heritage he does stay true to his cultural background. Syd is well known for his traditional Hawaiian forms, the (Hawaiian calabash) which can found at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

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