Omyidar Garden, Punahou School
Oil on Canvas, Framed
16 x 20 inches
The inviting pathway with ornamental bridges, lush banana trees, and Native Hawaiian plants is what motivated me to paint this special sustainable garden located on the Punahou lower school campus. It brings so much joy to see how sustainability and preservation of Hawaiian culture can be integrated so beautifully into the education of our future generations through this beautiful campus playground.
Lanikai Beach Perfect Day
Oil on Linen
11 x 14 inches
This is a plein-air painting I did on one of those perfect beach days at Lanikai Beach. It is a view that includes the Mokulua islands, one of the Lanikai Canoe Club canoes, and a coconut tree blowing in the wind at the beginning a main entrance into the beach.
Sexy Pink Heliconia
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
15 x 30 inches
This is a palette knife painting of a beautiful Sexy Pink Heliconia hanging along the pathway to the reservoir at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. The interplay between the soft sunlight peeking through the Heliconia plant and the pretty pink pigments of this unique flower unite the foreground and background together.
Kelley has a passion for both plein-air painting and studio painting in both acrylic and oil mediums. You will see her painting at many picturesque locations throughout the Windward side of Oahu, where she is from.
While attending University of Colorado, Kelley was introduced to classical oil painting at a summer abroad program in Florence, Italy. During her career as an elementary school teacher she spent weekends and summers exploring plein-air painting with Mark Brown’s Painting on Location class. She especially enjoyed integrating art into her science and social studies curriculum. During this time, she also began to use her drawing skills to create stained glass pieces for interior design.
Now Kelley continues to immerse herself in plein-air and studio painting while raising her two daughters. Over the years she has enhanced her painting skills by painting with a variety of Hawaii’s top artists including George Eguchi, Lynne Boyer, William Zwick, Patrick Ching, Jennifer Prince, Christy Fujii, and Arthur Johnson. What Kelley loves the most about painting is that it allows her to focus on and honor the present moment.