A new gallery in Kihei has opened behind Cafe O'Lei, and the owner Chad has invited me to display select original paintings based on the South Maui theme. I am honored to have my work displayed along side some of Maui's best known artists like Anna Keay and Anna Good. I am going through a phase of using the palette knife in my paintings - I enjoy the texture and movement I am able to convey with this technique.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
On the road to Hana my beautiful friend Diane accompanied Enya and me on the bamboo forest hike past Huelo. It was sooo beautiful! Enya loved reaching for the bamboo while nestled in the baby ergo. I highly recommend this carrier. We also took an alternate path which went through fields scattered with passion fruit trees, ponds and cows.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
So I transferred to Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, and finished a bachelor's degree in Art Education. It was nice to take classes in all media - like printmaking, photography, illustration, woodworking, metalsmithing, ceramics, drawing, and yes a couple painting classes. Then I started teaching - first working with adults with cerebral palsey, and then was offered a teaching job at Allendale Columbia School. I taught general art to middle school, and sculpture to high school students. I most love creating sculptures. Building something beautiful with my hands is a gift from God.
During summers I taught art camps which I coordinated at ACS campus. They were also a lot of fun.
Then one spring we took the highschoolers on a trip to Mexico. I quickly learned that I needed to be out west - near large mountains and blue sky.
A year later I packed my jeep with everything I needed, and moved to sunny Boulder CO to teach art and yoga while earning a second degree in "Traditional Eastern Arts - Emphasis on Yoga" at Naropa University. It was a beautiful campus and a solid program. But many of the books were the same ones I read in my yoga teacher training with Francois Raoult in Rochester NY at Open Sky Yoga Studio. I felt that 55K would be better used toward a master's degree. So I temporarily moved back to NY to save more money and returned to Boulder a year later. During my stay in NY, I discovered the practice of Vipassana Meditation. My first course was in March, and I had such an amazing, unexpected transformation that as soon as the course ended I signed up for another one in August! So amazing!!!
|A painting for the Hotel Boulderado Centennial Celebration in 2009|
This is where I created my masterpiece - my daughter Enya. I only made about 10 paintings during the course of pregnancy and the first year of her life. With her father's consent, I was given full custody and the freedom to move wherever I like to have a colorful life and support and raise Enya by myself.
The wedding painting below was done from photos, but I frequently paint live during the ceremony or reception. It only takes 3-5 hours to finish a painting, so if I arrive on site few hours early, I'll have the scenery finished by the time the bride and groom arrive. Then I just paint them in during the vows. Voila...the perfect wedding gift!
I am drawn to historical architecture, and eliminating any suggestion of modernization. I like the way my buildings turn out, since I am able to use the forms and patterns of architecture as a grid in which to interpret color and creativity. I like my lines loose while keeping perspective somewhat accurate. (well, very loosely accurate!)
|12x24 Front Street, Lahaina|
|24x48 The Saint Damien Holy Rosary Church in Paia, Maui|
|16x20 Blessings in Wailuku, Maui|
I am still learning to paint waves. Once I know how to paint them, I will have a whole new market, and can set up on the beaches before the wind and heat sets in. Well, one brush stroke at a time....!