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Straddling Worlds

Many of you know I work in a variety of media, but watercolor is my passion. There is nothing else like it that responds so eloquently and honestly and lets light pass through the pigments and bounce back! Using my multicultural perspective, I listen for, and connect on an emotional level with mo’olelo (stories) of other times. These stories become paintings and projects that give gentle encouragement for alternate stories to be heard. Just as I switch between two homes,Read More

HWS Members Show 2020

March 29, 2020

Color Bridges

I got some positive feedback when I got to present my Color Bridges at the Community Main Stage at last year’s Honolulu Biennial and it gave me encouragement to continue to follow my instincts on not only creating them but also sharing them both as finished works of art and as a method to learn to use color. Color Bridges are my calligraphic abstracts I paint using harmonic color to express a prayer to the beholder. There is joy inRead More

KĀNEHŪNĀMOKU

January 20, 2020

TLR Total Life Recovery

Turning Stories into Life Changing Lessons The Total Life Recovery Program (TLR) at the only Women’s Community Correctional Center in Hawaii is a faith-based, gender specific program that addresses every area of a woman’s life mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. TLR equips participants with the knowledge and tools they need to live successfully everyday with dignity and self worth – bringing hope to incarcerated women who are now committed to changing their hearts, changing their thinking and changing their goals.Read More

Bezalel-Finding our artistic heritage

I’ve written before about searching for my artistic heritage in a cross-generational, cross-cultural personal history and how recently I’ve come to see Bezalel as my artistic ancestor and inspiration. As an artist, there are certain themes and symbols that are recurring and others that evolve along the way, building upon past experiences and knowledge collected along the way. A recurring image for me is the Ko’olau. I love when traffic is slow coming down the Likelike because I can openRead More

Chemistry of Water

October 18-November 22, 2019 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery Hawai’i Watercolor Society’s Open Juried Show opens on First Friday to the public. Besides Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place, an exhibit sponsored by the Artists of Hawaii Association (AHA) earlier this year, I will have a few works in this open juried show that I wrote the proposal on the concept for on behalf of the Hawai’i Watercolor Society. The concept was to bring together twoRead More

Palama Settlement Kupuna Watercolor Show

October 1, 2019

Mauna Kea

The debate on whether or not the TMT project should move forward has been fraught with emotion and strong viewpoints. I knew there were protesters regarding the project and was not that informed but in general, not knowing anything, I would have answered anybody asking, that I was for the advancement of science and to put Hawai’i on the map as the premier place for advancement must be a good thing, right? I had recently been to a conference whereRead More

Premiere of HIonART TV program July 20 CH11 at 11pm

July 20, 2019

A new tv program produced by former Hawaii State Senator and arts advocate Wil Espero will premiere on Saturday July 20, 2019 on Oceanic Cable Channel 11@11pm. It is a weekly program that will focus on local Hawai’i artists of all media and practices in various stages of their career. The program seeks to present and bring visibility to the artists working in the islands and to showcase the wide array of talent and issues being tackled by these creatorsRead More

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