In Keli’i’s own words, “Being a stone sculptor is something that came natural for me as with pueblo fetish carvings. As time goes on, I plan to dig deeper in both my Zuni and Hawaiian cultures capturing life in stone depicting our cultural dancing, spiritual deities & what stone allows me to bring to fruition.”
His remarkable talent is seen clearly in this unique carving of an eel.
Made from increasingly rare and vivid Sonoran Sunrise, with piercing eyes that seem to follow you when you move, Keli’i has truly evoked the sinister nature of the animal.
Although eels are slim, somewhat untextured animals, Keli’i has breathed life into this one, showing the wrinkles in its skin, the lines on its fins, the animation on its face. It seems as if this eel has been caught unaware, and has swiftly turned, poised for attack.
Stunningly carved with innate talent, using nothing but the highest grade of materials, Keli’i has created another masterpiece that is just waiting for its forever home.