Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Keokea - The Tide Turns and Wind Picks Up
Acrylic 18 x 24
Recently in the Mana Invitational Show
at Wailoa Center in Hilo


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Kaloko #3
Acrylic on Arches Watercolor Paper
10 x 14
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 Begun en plein air, this continues a sequence of paintings of the Kaloko Fish Ponds. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

South From Pu'ukohola
acrylic 12 x 16 on gallery wrap

 The nice ranger at the Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site gave me permission to paint from the hill in front of the ranger office above the visitor center. It was a day of high surf, interesting light, and storms in the distance. Looking South from Pu'ukohola (the heiau is to my right and out of sight) I could see the campers at Spencer Park and the trail to Mau Mae beach beyond that. Surf was dramatic and I loved the vista from up there! I always love new points of view!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Kikaua Storm with whales
Acrylic 8 x 10
available $250

 What a day! I planned to join a group of plein air artists at Kikaua Point in Kona on the Big Island. The trades and rain that were normal around my 3000 foot elevation home stretched all the way to the shore. I had a lovely walk in the rain and was right there when the clouds lifted and the morning light came in. The whales spouted, the canoes went out, the surfer began to catch waves right there in the rocks - all very dramatic. You will have to zoom in to find all the activity! I did encounter one other intrepid artist but headed home to finish this after sketching in the rising wind.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Good Buddies at kaloko Fishpond
12 x 16 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped canvas

 Down an unpaved road through the lava is a hidden gem - the Kaloko fishponds. I was out on the breakwater, looking back at the glassy and magical ponds. Newly arrived from Alaska, migrating birds were resting up and enjoying a comfortable inter-species companionship. (Ulili or Wandering Tattler, and Kolea or Pacific golden plover)

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Gathering input is a huge part of making art

 On the first leg of my first mainland trip in ten years, I stopped overnight at an airport hotel near the San Francisco Bay in Burlingame. There is a nice little paved trail between the industrial area and hotels and the water. Before breakfast I took a wander along the trail and soon saw sea birds very busy a little way off shore. Most of the rest of the story I discovered after looking at my video to see what all the splashing was about! My best wildlife video of the year and I took it by mistake!

As mentioned in the title, being out in places is a huge part of making art. This probably doesn't need to go into a painting - the video says it all. I will definitely keep a respectful distance from seals...

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Pukalani Back Door
Acrylic 12 x 16
Available at Gallery of Great Things in Waimea

The old green Parker Ranch gates used to be everywhere in Waimea. When I was young I learned to open and close them from horseback and got in trouble for swinging on them. Now most of them, including this one, have been replaced with modern materials. If any one knows where any are still in good repair, I'd love to receive a photo! Yes, those are night blooming cereus blooming in the bushes!


Friday, December 8, 2023

Painting on location at Honokohau
Almost done...
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Friday, December 1, 2023

Hapuna Moment
Brush Painting on Arches Watercolor paper
14 x 10 inches

This painting is unframed and will need to be matted and framed.

A plein air brush painting on Arches watercolor paper, this captures a life-filled morning near a favorite tree. Surf pounds on familiar rocks below the steep hillside frequented by curious chickens and thriving Nene geese. I painted in watercolors before I moved to mostly canvas. This is acrylic used in a watercolor method.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

Kohala Mountains Sunlit Moment
Acrylic on Gallery Wrap
18 x 24
Original available at Gallery of Great Things
 in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii

Giclee prints available at

I walk past this view several times a week. It is often hidden behind fog or clouds - the startling clarity of this moment caused an immediate rush home for canvas and paints. 

Having lived at the base of the Kohala Mountains for most of my 73 years, and explored them on foot and on horseback, as well as by flying over them more than once, I feel a deep connection to these rolling hills, sweet smelling pastures, and deep, mysterious rain forests. I was fortunate to grow up in a different era - nobody stopped me from walking or riding my horse in those hills or swimming in the streams. I now know my understanding was only of a transitory moment in the history of this amazing  and multi-layered place.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Maiapilo Comes Back
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped canvas
12 x 16 inches

See it on Jane's Website - prints also available

Acrylic on .5 inch gallery wrapped canvas, 12 x 16, this was painted en plein air at Old Airport in Kona, looking away from the ocean. The introduced fountain grass and Haole Koa dominate the landscape, along with a few Kiawe trees, and of course the much loved but also introduced beach heliotrope. The Maiapilo, which I photographed at the nearby national park in a similar habitat, has not yet returned to this area. Hence the picture is to some degree, wishful thinking, but it certainly could grow here. The birds are also introduced - the charming grey francolin were brought in along with practically everything else you see in this picture.