Heart of the Matter
8 x 10 inches
I had finished a set of 12 small acrylic pour canvases as gifts for a special group of friends who were recovering from heart-related health issues. I had used several different color schemes, so I had a remarkably diverse palette of leftover paint to work with for a final pour.
When the red shape emerged and I tilted it to the center of the canvas, the name of the painting also emerged.
Red Ginger Explosion
8 x 10 inches
On a Christmas holiday on Maui a few years ago, we had lunch at Mama’s Fish House. As we were leaving, I saw an amazing arrangement of red ginger near the door to the garden. It shouted out “paint me, please!” and so I did.
20 x 24 inches
I’m fascinated by all the free-range chickens we see on Oahu and have taken many photos with the thought of someday putting one on paper or canvas. This acrylic painting was inspired by a cheeky rooster who hopped the fence into our backyard for a few early morning wake-up calls.
I’m originally from southern Arizona, moving to Hawaii in 1971. After working at UH’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology for 10 years, I spent 29 years in economic development for the State of Hawaii. I happily retired in 2010.
One of the things on my retirement To Do list was to study watercolor painting. Now, I’m sorry I waited until 2015 to start taking lessons at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Aside from appreciating the creative challenge, I’ve greatly enjoyed meeting a whole new group of interesting and talented people.
I’ve expanded to acrylics, acrylic pouring and photography. I’m a member of the Windward Artists Guild, the Association of Hawaii Artists, and the Hawaii Watercolor Society. I’ve been honored to have my work accepted into their shows.