As a marking of a "milestone" for my high school year at my alma mater Punahou in Honolulu, I just finished a series of paintings of night blooming cereus, a spectacular flower of the cactus family which only blooms at night and sometimes only once a year. These incredible plants live on a lava rock wall surrounding the campus, thus the Hawaiian name, panini o kapunahou. One of these paintings will be in the Punahou Carnival Art Gallery in February 2018.
Gallery 3, Redwood Art Association, 603 F St., Eureka, April 12-May 12, 2017, Arts Alive!, Sat., May 6
Several framed pieces, many unframed, notecards, and two new Hawaiian pieces...a mini-Open Studios since I'm in town for a short while. See you there! p.s. I'll be gallery sitting on Wed., April 12, 12-5 p.m., if you want to come by and chat.
Facebook followers! Check out the Honolulu Museum's Facebook page where my painting is posted. I entered a contest where artists were invited to enter a work of art inspired by one in the museum. I was inspired by Fantin La-Tour's Vase of Peonies. I had never tried anything like this before, but then, I thought, oh yeah, I know how to do vase and flowers! Although I didn't win, it was a fun exercise to re-interpret one of my favorite paintings in the Impressionist Gallery, trying to capture La-Tour's exquisite use of light to create the lushness of those petals.
Excited to announce that my paintings are at Ramone's Harrison in Eureka. I have 11 paintings from the show at Upstairs Gallery, and they'll be up until Oct. 12th. I hope you'll be able to stop by, get a cup of coffee, and enjoy my art!
Getting ready for show in Arcata at Upstairs Art Gallery... It's been a challenge because I've been traveling so much, but I'm excited about showing some new paintings on new paper, painted in a new manner. I usually paint from life - the only way for me to really "see and understand" what I'm painting, but this time I painted from a photograph of a Cup of Gold plant in my yard in Hawaii (of course, only after "being" with it for years!) After doing some reading about this incredible flower I discovered that it's scientific name is Solandra maxima, is a member of the nightshade family, and is not native to Hawaii, but instead, to Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. In fact, it is an invasive pest, but I still love the large, showy flowers that bloom only for a short time, reminding me of how transient beauty really is. I hope you can come to my show which will be up from June 10-July3 with a reception at 6 p.m. during Arts! Arcata. The show is titled "Still:Life." Here is a little about the show --
I'm entranced by the life of the flower - its beauty in form and function, the emotion it evokes after a long winter. Somehow it calls to me, and I respond by trying to capture its essence. I know its foolish to try to hang on to what is going to die so soon, but it makes me happy to see this piece of Nature brought inside.
Of course, I don't think about this when I am painting. I just paint what I see, and let it carry me away.