I finally got the chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I always thought it would be as a spectator, but sometimes our dreams come to life in unexpected ways. Today I got to take part in the festivities doing some live painting inside my favorite store on Main Street: Root'd Home with my paintings hanging on the walls. Happy day!
Here with the Moon, 2018 acrylic & mixed media on canvas 30"x24"
New beginnings are necessary. New beginnings are exciting, stimulating, and they’re hard.
Painting on Maui is an incredible experience. I am grateful for every moment I get to do what I love in this stunning place. The humidity extends the drying time of my paints, enabling me to manipulate the colors and shapes for much longer than I am used to. When I am finally ready to step back and place my paintings in the sun, the Lahaina heat acts like a giant blow dryer, drying my paintings at record speeds. Everywhere I look, I am inspired by this tiny, impossible island, floating in the middle of the Pacific, brimming full of the kind of beauty I always knew existed, but never experienced until now.
When my husband and I honeymooned on Maui nearly 2-years ago, we found this gem of a store in the quaint, little beach town of Paia, Hawaii. I have been imagining my paintings on display here ever since. For me, it doesn't get any better than this complimentary duo: Beautiful paintings & beautiful clothing.
A heartfelt thank you to Sun Days Hawaii for supporting local artists in the community. I am both thrilled and honoured to be part of your talented roster of creatives.
I learned to swim in dangerous waters. The Big Island of Hawai'i does not offer up its treasures so readily. The cliffs make for rocky beaches, and big, intimidating waves. At least for this big city transplant.
Thank you for joining us! A huge, heartfelt Thank You to our friends, family and collectors who attended last night's opening reception. A special thanks to Art Project Paia for providing this incredible opportunity for local artists to showcase our work.
At one point during the evening, I stopped to take it all in: The spacious, contemporary venue, the live music, the lights, the movement, the delicious food, the crowd, and my painting hanging on the wall. "This is really happening!" At that moment, I felt my body fill with immense feeling of joy and gratitude. This is what it feels like when we make our dreams a reality.
Thank you Maui for welcoming us with open arms & with open hearts. Pacific Home became my newest distributer, and I couldn't be happier! I am thrilled and honored to work with the best in my community.
My work is just as much about the process, as it is about the finished product.
These shots were captured in our Lahaina home on Maui, Hawaii. Lahaina (lah-hy-nah) translates to: "cruel sun". My paintings dry much faster here. It often rained on the Big Island, making the climate humid, and stretching out the drying process over several days. I am grateful for this newfound glorious sun.
A smile like this one doesn't lie. I am extremely honored to have been chosen to contribute one of my paintings to support the DMAC's (Donkey Mill Art Center) 11th Annual Art Auction at BMW Hawaii in Kailua-Kona. The auction provides a rare opportunity for art enthusiasts and patrons to access a wide range of works by renowned artists while enjoying a celebratory evening in a beautiful venue. As a token of light, hope & renewal, each artist was given a kukui nut lei to wear during the event.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.