Rainbow Cookies: The bestest things about Kaua'i as told by Mrs. Kiaha's Hanalei School Kindergarten Class.
"Rainbow Cookies" is a beautiful hardbound book (9"x12"). 25 children dictated and illustrated this book, each with their own delightful story to share. They are all genuinely happy with simple pleasures & amazing adventures on the island on Kaua'i.
Rainbow Cookies is a project created by the classroom and is a continuing fundraiser support for Hanalei School since 2008.
"To see the world through a child's eyes is a precious gift."
Forward by Keely & Pierce Brosnan
"Rainbow Cookies" offers a remarkable and touching portrait of our island life on the North Shore of Kaua'i. Each personalized narrative recounts childhood adventures of pure joy. Young authors recount tales of going to school barefoot, jumping off the pier, chasing geckos and drinking ice cold coconuts, or encountering rare Hawaiian monk seals while shell collecting and snorkeling above the world famous reef at Tunnels Beach. "Rainbow Cookies, " which derives its name from all the breathtaking rainbows and warm tropical sun showers, celebrates life's simple pleasures at any age. These delightful and imaginative stories also seamlessly blend Hawaii's natural beauty, unique history, culture, and contemporary lifestyle, illustrating that one can find paradise in their own backyard.
The days on Kaua'i are long but the years of childhood go by fast. It is easy to believe that these children will carry the magic of Kaua'i in their hearts, wherever they may go.
Keely & Pierce Brosnan
Turn any page into a precious moment. Cuddle up with your child. Read the stories together. Delight in a few moments of story time that will make reading a lifetime of joy.
$12.oo from every sale goes directly to Hanalei school. $6.00 for shipping. $2.00 to this site, making the book total $20.00 even.
I AM THRILLED TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL THE MAGIC THAT I FIND IN THIS WORLD, IN THE FORM OF ART. MY PASSION IS TO TRANSLATE INTO PAINTING, ALL THE LIGHTS, SHADES, SHADOWS AND VIBRANT COLORS THAT I SEE, IN A FREE MANNER. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ISRAEL AND HAD THE HONOR TO RECEIVE MY BA OF ARTS AT THE SORBONNE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS, WHERE I WAS INSPIRED BY THE ARTISTS WHOM I ADMIRE MOST: PAUL GAUGIN, MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND CY TWOMBLY. SUCCESS IN LIFE, MEANS TO ME - FINDING HAPPINESS IN EVERY DAY, FULFILLING OUR TRUE TALENTS AND FINDING THE FREEDOM IN SPACE AND TIME TO ALLOW IT. I HOPE TO SHARE ALL OF THIS WITH YOU THROUGH MY WORK.
"Michal's work is very vibrant and colorful...like the colors of Kauai itself...Magical. She applies her art to almost anything you can imagine...clothing, hats, coffee mugs, rugs, pillows, shower curtains, towels, sheets & pillow cases, blankets, surf boards...etc....Truly Amazing & Inspiring!" Terri
"MICHAL IS SO INSPIRED BY LIGHTS AND COLORS THAT HER WORK REMINDS US HOW BEAUTIFUL SUCH THINGS CAN BE. I LIKE WHEN A PAINTING TESTIFIES THAT SOMETHING POWERFUL HAPPENED BETWEEN THE ARTIST AND ITS SURROUNDING, SO HOW COULD I NOT ENJOY MICHAL'S PAINTINGS :) INVOKING NATURE LIKE SHE DOES, ANYBODY CAN TELL SHE'S LIVING HER DAYS IN THE ISLANDS IN THE MOST SINCERE AND PASSIONATE WAY. I KNOW HOW SHE WORKED HARD ,AND STILL DOES, IN ORDER TO ALLOW THIS MAGIC TRAPPED INSIDE HER TO COME OUT IN THIS BEAUTIFUL MANNER." ABEL
"If you're in Hanalei, check out the store owned by artist Michal Abramovitz. She has amazing apparel and cool, artsy things of all kind, decorated with her vivid art. You can also find original art and prints of her work. She is really dialed into to the colors of the islands." Wade Koniakowsky
and even if ya can't make it into the store...HanaleiArtGallery.com can connect you with Michal and her art work. Please send an inquiry, happy to connect you. Mahalo!
Nick Arnold is a visionary artist who was raised and lives on the North Shore of the Island of Kauai.
The inspiration for PAINTED SHIELDS comes from the Peace Chiefs of the Plains Indians who would use their shields, not for war, but for teaching and sharing. These Chiefs painted their shields with colors and symbols to celebrate the gift of life and each persons unique reflection of this gift. This was their medicine. Art is Medicine.
Pierre Bouret moved to Kauai in 1970 to pursue his passion for surfing. Once on island, he was captivated by the beauty and magnificence of the surrounding landscape. These images inspired him to paint Kauai in plein air in all her natural splendor. Hawaii's mountains, waterfalls cascading into the ever changing sea and moments of magical light and shadow have provided an endless source of material for his Hawaii paintings.
Bouret's plein air paintings are characterized by colorful, light filled canvases, which capture fleeting moments in ordinary life and memorialize the beauty of Hawaii's landscapes and coastline.
Having had no formal training, Pierre has learned art technique and the plein air painting style from plein air artists, Saim Caglayan, President and founding member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Ken Auster, Ian Roberts, Jim Wilcox, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Ray Roberts, Camille Przewodek, Scott Burdick and Jeff Horn.
Pierre is a prolific plein air painter, represented by several galleries. Please inquire to see more of his works.
(in his words): born in tx. live in austin. learned scuba at 10. swam with stingrays. fed cheeze whiz to an 8″ green moray eel. competitive swimmer. have 3 plates and 22 screws holding my hip together. graduated from Southwest TX State in marketing. made geological survey maps. built houses. worked at Dell for 5 days. never been fired. moved to la (twice). played basketball with Kevin Costner. saved the dog in pearl harbor. angelina played my mom in true women. wrote a screenplay. published a magazine. scuba dove in Honduras. learned to surf in El Salvador. continue to surf in Costa Rica. rode horses through San Miguel. still can’t speak spanish. played guitar with Ray Wylie Hubbard. rigged lights for music videos. climbed to the top of the Astrodome. my shoes are flip flops. love to read Christopher Moore books. can’t get enough traveling. never missed a flight. left brained. right handed. left footed. and took lots of pictures along the way. (
These images posted are merely a few...these and many more are available in various sizes and formats... please send an inquiry for information and ordering...(in my words): Rodney Rocks!!! He's one of the greatest photographers on the planet. Rodney loves to photograph musicians who surf, musicians portraits, large marine life & fashion photography...He's awesome! Mahalo, Terri
*Note: purchased pieces will not have his logo on the piece, as seen here. Each will be signed and limited editions will be numbered.
Momma & Baby
A Whale's Tail
Surf & Sky
Gary Clark Jr.
Circle of Life
Curtis Cabral’s work depicts the Hawaiian Island lifestyle, music, fishing, hula, catching waves & sunset watching. He also is available for Murals & Glass Etching, both commercial and residential. His paintings are on canvas and often uses Hala mats too bordering native tattoo graphics. The pencil sketches he draws are masterful in detail and often done on site. Please send an inquiry to learn more about works of Curtis Cabral.
Eleni & Ryan Cameron
Eleni & Ryan co-create at Sol Art Studio on the North Shore of Kaua'i.
His: Inspired by a deep love of the ocean, Ryan Cameron’s art work reflects the beauty, peacefulness and adventure of the seas. His art works range from paddle sculptures, woodblocks, prints & paintings, multi media designs, one of a kind driftwood furniture & extraordinary interior/exterior spaces.
He holds a bachelors degree from San Diego State University in Applied Design (1992).
Hers: Eleni Cameron's wooden sculptures express Celebration of the Divine Feminine Spirit. Themes of feminine strength and beauty are exhibited. The wood allows for the expression. The sculptures seem to dance....
Dance is also another of Eleni's artful expressions.
Her art works and performances have been featured in hundreds of festivals, concerts, hotels, businesses, boutiques and magazines.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University & continually refines her sculptural and performance arts. She dances and performs internationally.
Together: The Cameron's love of the sea and the island life is expressed and shared in their sculptures and designs.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1962, Patrick Ching has spent a lifetime devoted to the preservation of Hawaii's native wildlife.
He grew up exploring the valleys and shorelines of Hawaii and during a month long Outward Bound wilderness program, saw his first Hawaiian Hawk in the sky over Pololou valley.
"During that experience I decided to devote my life to educating people about Hawaii's native wildlife through my art".
In 1980 Patrick won a scholarship to Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also attended the University of Hawaii at Leeward college and UH Manoa. His most influential mentor is international surrealist artist John Pitre.
Patrick volunteered for many wildlife organizations and eventually became a ranger for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Kilauea lighthouse on Kauai and also lived for extended periods of time among sea turtles and monk seals on the remote North Western Hawaiian Islands.
He has authored many award winning books including Sea Turtles of Hawaii, The Hawaiian Monk Seal and Honu and Hina.
Patrick now travels internationally painting and conducting realistic nature painting workshops.
"I paint the places and things that I love with the colors that have surrounded my life. My objective is to take the beauty that I have experienced and bring it into people's homes and their lives so that they may appreciate the things that are Naturally Hawaiian."
Lee Clark lives in Anahola on the east side of Kauai, Hawaii where he also has his studio. Lee works mainly with acrylics, and will do commissions.
Lee moved to Kauai in the mid-90s attracted by the Aloha Spirit and the beauty that surrounds the Hawaiian Islands. He is basically a self taught artist. His love of surfing and painting come together, an expression of his inner self which is beautifully captured in his work. Clark puts his sensitivity and acrylic paint on canvas to create images of "perfect waves", as realistic as photographs. Murals, surfboards, T-Shirts, cars, decals have all been touched by Clark's creativity. The island continues to inspire Clark's each day. "When I look at the waves breaking I can see the brush strokes. I feel so inspired here. Kauai is definitely 'God's masterpiece' I just copy his work."
Laird Hamilton's dad, Bill, commissioned Lee to paint "Laird at Tahiti" as a 5' x 3'. Bill then made a replica board with a 3' x 5' Giclee, which he took to SEMA in 2003. It was auctioned off for $19,500, and the money went to Ocean Reefs.
Mark is represented by The General Store of Hanalei & Amy Lauren Gallery in Hanapepe.
Mark Daniells was born in Pasadena, California in 1949. He moved shortly thereafter to Northern California where he lived until the age of five. His family then moved to Guam in the western Pacific. Mark and his family enjoyed the beauty of the island to its fullest by swimming, snorkeling, hiking and camping.
At the age of ten his family moved to Palau, formerly part of Micronesia, which now has the reputation of being one of the premier dive destinations in the world. Mark's dad was a land commissioner and surveyor and his mom was a school teacher. It was an abundant and lush environment for a young man and the four years there left a lasting impression on him.
Mark did his freshman year of high school at Palau High and the following year was sent to live with friends in Manila in the Philippines for his sophomore year. He next traveled to central California where he completed the last two years of high school at Watsonville High School.
Both of Mark's parents were artists. Although they weren't professional they were an influence in Mark's early years. His dad was a woodblock printer and wood carver. His mom was and still is an accomplished watercolor artist. She is well known on Maui as Margaret Leach. Mark's dad, Gordon, passed away in 1989 and left Mark his set of wood carving chisels which Mark has put to good use carving doors, sculptures, and wood blocks.
Mark remained in California for fifteen years until 1981 when he moved to Kauai. In California, Mark furthered his education and received a degree in Fine Arts from University of California at Berkeley in printmaking. Mark worked for a year towards a master degree at the San Francisco based Institute for Experimental Printmaking.
After exposure to large institutions he sought various means to make a living including teaching high school, commercial airbrush painting for a custom motorcycle company and carpentry. Directly after college, an opportunity came up that he couldn't resist in the form of an invitation to travel to Europe. The nine months from October 1971 to June 1972 he traveled and absorbed the culture and art of Europe. The last four months of this trip were spent in Copenhagen, Denmark studying photo-silkscreening techniques. He also had his first art show there.
Mark sustained himself until 1996 with a combination of construction and art when he made the leap to being a full time artist. He works in oil, watercolor, etched and stained glass, and wood carving. He now enjoys an ever growing clientele and operates two studios in Hanalei on the North Shore of Kauai.
Mark lives in Hanalei with his wife Diane and their son Evan. Mark's studio/gallery is on the same property, fronting Kuhio Highway and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Unique treasures wait for you to be discovered while exploring the majestic beauty Hawaii has to offer. Be sure not to miss the captivating gifts from the ocean. Handcrafted Hawaiian Shell Jewelry by Shell Dave are definitely some of the finest gifts you can find from the oceans around Kauai.
Shell Dave went to high school on Maui, and afterwards moved to Oregon and started rock and crystal collecting. His art form began with braiding leather to make crystal keychains and crystal earrings. He moved back to Maui, stopped making jewelry for five years, while he was working construction & during his freetime, strolling the shorelines of Maui, searching for shells and pukas. In 1992, a friend from Oregon that used to search for rocks with him, came to visit Hawaii. They started making puka shell necklaces and while searching for shells together, used to say to one another, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to do this for a living instead of working construction?” Construction was taking a toll on Dave’s body and in the summer of 1995, he started a new job.
One of his fellow workmates became a friend and told him his mother lived on Kauai. Explained that Kauai had beautiful shells and people had been known to survive on them when they visited; he invited Dave to visit Kauai. Shell Dave came to the island for the first time in August of 1995. It was then that he discovered one of the most beautiful pukas he had ever seen. Dave brought his collection of pukas from Maui, but after seeing the puka shells on Kauai, he threw his Maui collection back into the sea. He made puka shell necklaces with sunrise shell charms and sold them. He was able to buy his first car within three months and in January of 1996 he began stringing Kahelelani shells. He has been living his dream ever since …
Single strands or ropes...the more interesting the weave, the higher the price...all shells are found locally and hand sourced.
Many Hawaiian shells are indigenous to the island chain; some are not only collected, but are also rare insurable gems. Kahelelani shells were made popular by the Royal Hawaiian culture of Niihau, and have now become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Shells have been collected, and strung into leis to adorn royalty and to be worn at special ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals. Kahelelani shell lei were given to the deceased as a final Aloha to their loved ones. Now they are donned for every occasion and treasured for their natural beauty.
We specialize in Kahelelani and Sunrise shells. Each piece is handmade and therefore “one of a kind”. There are several designs showcased here. The “Herringbone” design is the traditional Hawaiian custom for leis. The “Rope” and “Loom Weave” are original techniques for a truly unique piece of jewelry.
Even though island of Niihau is inaccessible to the public, Kahelelani and Sunrise shells may also be found on various beaches throughout the island chain. Sunrise shells are richly colored and probably the most rare and collectable of all Hawaiian shells. They are a blessing to discover, and an honor to share. Rare indeed.
There are many vendors of Hawaiian Shell Jewelry, but only one Shell Dave. When buying from Shell Dave, you are getting over 20 years of experience, quality, and reputation to go with your one of a kind jewelry. Shell Dave only uses pristine, flawless shells, and top quality materials for his work. When you buy from Shell Dave, you are sure to have a quality piece of art you will enjoy for many years.
About the Artist
Doug credits his artistic passion to the inspiration created by the legacy of his family. His parents, Dick and Sandra Disney, who identified and supported Doug’s artistic and athletic talents from an early age, exposed Doug and his siblings to various cultural influences as they traveled internationally. Doug, being a 4th generation San Diegan, also attributes much of his inspiration to the many family vacations spent exploring the California Coast and experiencing the lure of Hawaii. These adventures shaped his love for nature, in particular the ocean, and are represented in his body of artwork. While acquiring his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Long Beach State, Doug was also the quarterback of his college football team. His unique combination of artistic and athletic creativity is prevalent in his works of art.
Doug considers being a father his greatest accomplishment. Watching his children develop the value of self-expression through art brings him great satisfaction. Doug’s children have each chosen to pursue similar paths as their father. His daughter, Makela, is currently working on her Master’s in Education to become a teacher. While his son, Derrick, is a competitive surfer as well as an aspiring artist producing alternative media artwork.
Doug is inspired by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Edward Hopper, Ken Auster, Wade Koniakowski as well as his sister, Dee Ann Disney Jones. He has been moved by their color choices and their depictions of light and shadow. As a high school art teacher of 25 years, he finds great personal reward in the success of his students as he guides their individual journeys of self-discovery as artists. Many of his students have gone on to pursue careers in art, most notably, Kaleeka Bond.
Doug’s art reflects a dynamic energy depicting each phase of his life’s journey. He paints what he knows and his pieces personify the costal lifestyle. The essence of his artwork embodies his love of the human connection with nature. In viewing his artwork, Doug hopes that you may become inspired to see nature’s beauty in a way you may not have appreciated it before. Doug believes life is the journey, not the destination. He looks forward to what lies ahead as he follows his own path and hopes to impact others on his journey.
"I Love to Paint" Doug Disney
Dee in Hanalei
People at Dog Beach
Before the Pagent
In 2000 Dunten was paralyzed in a diving accident in the Rio Grande after a camping trip in the Chisos Mountains. Unable to move from the neck down Dunten began using his mouth to paint in 2002.
In 2005 he was awarded a student scholarship by the MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painters Association) based in Lichtenstein.
Dunten has studied with painter Philip Wade and world renowned master painter Edward Povey. While studies are on-going with Povey, Dunten's style, subject and technique continue to evolve.
His works have been on exhibition at the Bass Concert Hall, The One Allen Center and featured in online and print publications nationally. Patrons across the US collect his work. His most recent public pieces can be seen on display at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas and at The College of Education on the TCU University campus in Ft. Worth.
With a relentless spirit Dunten continues to, "paint himself out of the wheelchair" advocating research for paralysis from spinal cord injury and knows he will walk again. Making prints available to everyone, Dunten wants his story to be told and the belief in a cure to spread.
Now, Dunten lives and works at his studio just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife, 2 sons and a small group committed to seeing his mission through.
Melanie Shook Dupre
I like to stand by and observe the effect of my paintings on the various people who wander into my little gallery workshop, or those who attend my shows in the galleries and other venues in which I present my work to the public. It is always interesting to see and hear their reactions. Sometimes people ask me what “style” I paint in. They frequently compare my work to impressionism. Often I hear an admirative statement about it looking like a photograph. This makes me laugh, because I know what the photograph looked like, and it isn’t even close!! But I reassure them that I take it as the compliment they intended. Some people come in and with humility say “I don’t know anything about painting, but I LIKE this”. It’s as if they must apologize for not liking paintings that don’t represent reality as they see it, as if somehow they have been told that isn’t “educated”…
I spent the better part of my life educating myself. I have always loved paintings, whether I can see them in museums or galleries, at friend’s houses, or in books and media, I am always eager to feast visually on more, and all kinds. Growing up, I read and studied about the lives of many painters, especially the ones whose styles attracted me. I learned a lot about the history of Art in the Western world view. I experimented with different mediums and learned as much as I could about them, keeping an updated copy of Artist’s Materials and Techniques as my bible. Most importantly I work. I adhere to the old adage about making your first 5000 mistakes so you can begin to correct them. If you aren’t DO-ing, how can you evolve? I believe that as an artist (just as any human!) we never stop growing. I hope to have a long healthy life which I can use to celebrate the growth of my abilities in the visual arts. It is the thing I have always planned to do with my “one wild and precious life”…
On the topic of “style” it seems to me these labels are made up and stuck on artists by other people seeking to put things in neat little boxes. However, if I had to say which “-ism” I feel most closely akin to it might be this one :
Magical realism in its modern sense first appeared in 1955, the German art critic Franz Roh first used the phrase in 1925, to refer to a painterly style also known as Neue Sachlichkeit (the New Objectivity). Magical realist art does not often include overtly fantastic or magical content, but rather looks at the mundane through a hyper-realistic and often mysterious lens. In visual art it brings extreme realism to the depiction of mundane subject matter, revealing an “interior” mystery, rather than imposing external, overtly magical features onto this everyday reality. It employs various techniques that endow all things with a deeper meaning and reveal mysteries, representing before our eyes–in an intuitive way –the interior figure of the exterior world.
Magical realism faithfully portrays the exterior of an object, and in doing so the spirit, or magic, of the object reveals itself. The aim is not to add magical elements to a realistic painting, but to pursue a radically faithful rendering of reality; the “magic” effect on the viewer comes from the intensity of that effort: Quoting the painter John Stuart Ingle : “I don’t want to make arbitrary changes in what I see to paint the picture, I want to paint what is given. The whole idea is to take something that’s given and explore that reality as intensely as I can.”
There are so many styles of painting, in fact with few exceptions painting is unique to each artist. I would love to paint like so many of the artists I admire. Sometimes I try to do a piece in the spirit of an artist whose work I love. Over the years I have noticed that paintings tend to paint themselves, and I have some control but not complete control. So I am learning to let painting work through me, in collaboration—and try to be ok with that ! Life is never boring down here on this little rock in the Pacific, dancing with my muse… I look forward to your visit!
Aaron & Ave/Evolve Love
Arron & Ave created Evolve Love Silks est. in Hanalei, 1988
Evolve Love Silk Art, is immersed in the tropical lifestyle on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. Beautiful colors, one-of-a-kind original art on silk. Aaron & Ave create exquisitely beautiful silk clothing; wearable art. Every piece is a hand-painted work of art by Aaron designed by Ave. .
Choose a color theme, knowing each piece is unique.
Material is also sold directly to designers and manufacturers of fine silk clothing. Please send an inquiry.
The original hand painted silk panels are available in 4’x8′ panels. Bringing together the vibrant colors of the spectrum in unique blending… as the vibrant paints and dyes infuse into the silk.
After the artwork is completed, the panels are steam-cured, and the dye binds molecularly to the fabric, allowing the silk to be cared for by hand washing, without loss of color. The permanent radiance of the colors, emerging from the silks, enhanced by the curing process, ensures the wearability of this cherished fiber, giving years of enjoyment as art &/or clothing.
Wrap yourself in the exquisite colors of luxurious silk, hand crafted on Kaua'i.
Additional Note: Be sure to see the film Given (available via Netflix) and learn more about the unique lifestyle of this creative family. https://www.giventhemovie.com
Daniel Finchum’s artistic interests have always been present since childhood and it was obvious to his teachers and fellow students. Although having the ability to draw and paint, he never found real passion in these mediums. As a young man fresh out of college Daniel picked up a camera and saw his first success as a photographer having won an international competition sponsored by Kodak in two different categories and his work was exhibited in NYC. However, life got in the way and he never really pursued photography again until about three years ago.
Having seen a video about rock stacking, Daniel decided one day while up the Wailua River to try his hand at it. He found it mesmerizing and therapeutic. It brought back fond memories of walking up streams and along the shores of Lake Michigan as a child with his grandmother gathering materials from which they fashioned artistic creations. He started taking pictures of his creations and posting them on line to the encouragement of his friends and family. After being made aware of great land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, Daniel grew to love “land art” and developed his own work flow in the way he photographed his creations which harkens to the time of the Hudson River School aesthetic. Last summer, Daniel had his first solo exhibit with the Kauai Society of Artists and was successful enough that the Garden Island Arts council invited to him to have a solo exhibit at the airport for six weeks. Since then he has been picked up by Art House Gallery in Koloa where he continues to be one of their best-selling artists of his limited editions he calls, “Aina Art”. It is important to know that Daniel no longer does rock stacks out of respect to the Hawaiian culture. Even when he did, he always put the rocks back and never did his creations in sacred areas. He only did it as a way to help release the great amount of stress he was going through at the time and has learned other creative ways that achieve the same result, I.e. wet plate photography.
The flood gates of creativity were now opened and about two and a half years ago, Daniel saw a documentary about antique photographic processes. A couple of weeks later while sitting in a restaurant he began to see the island people differently as a result of seeing the documentary. He made the realization that Kauai’s people were as varied as it’s landscape and decided to photograph them in a way very few were doing… through wet plate collodion photography, a difficult and unpredictable hand crafted process developed in 1851. He decided to call this body of work, “Kama’aina Art” (people of the land). Being influenced by wet plate photographers such as Alex Timmermans, Andreas Rehs, and Julia Margaret Cameron, Daniel has seen great interest in his work through social media and has a growing and supportive following early on. Daniel's influences are just as diverse ranging from pictorialism to street art.
Working with a high end digital camera in the forest or ocean side and then going into the home of a family with an antique process and original lenses from the 1850s has given me great enjoyment and balance. It is my wish that the viewer will carry with them a sense of appreciation and malama of our precious islands and its people in a new, yet old way. I approach every new work with the desire to engage each viewer with a narrative which lies just below the surface of the image. It is a personal call to a simpler time of beauty and innocence.
Portrait packages available. Must schedule. Daniel travels globally so will need to make sure he’s on island to co-create the fine art experience with an individual or family. Please send an inquiry to purchase a piece or start the portrait process.
More than a portrait... this is FINE ART.
Please feel free to contact us to arrange a consultation/interview which is required prior to shoot date. Wet plate collodion photography is very involving for both the artist and the sitter. It is important for the sitter to understand what is entailed. However, since it is a historical process you will also learn a great deal making it an unforgettable & enjoyable experience while on Kauai. Daniel may be available to visit other islands too or world wide…He does love to travel.
We look forward to working with you.
*Please note that this digital representation is merely a smidgeon of the work Daniel has available. Pieces may come on metal, prints or canvas. “Glassed” Canvas too. Sizes vary.
Mahalo! Terri, Artist Rep.
Hanalei Art Gallery is pleased to represent Artist, Derek Glaskin. Derek is THE artist to the Ali'i Nui of Hawaii. His works are unique. Australian born. Hawaiian heritage. Kaua'i resident & Kumu of Kahuna Knowledge. All Original Works. Must see. On island? Serious collectors, please contact me for a studio visit to meet Derek and view pieces privately. Happy to.
mixed medium on gallery wrap canvas
mixed medium on gallery wrap canvas
mixed medium on wood
Wailua nui aho ano
36x48x2 mix medium on gallery wrap canvas
POLI HALE #1
lost n found objects
POLI HALE #2
lost n found objects
POLI HALE #3
lost n found objects
mixed medium on mirror
mixed medium on mirror
mixed medium on mirror
21x21x2 mixed medium
Paul is Hawaiian. He photographs sacred moments through his lens and shares them via his photographic art. Available on metal, prints or giclee. Paul is also a stylist in Kilaua & an excellent rock & roll guitarist for his band, RumbleTone. He is a man of textured layers & tones. Check out more of his photographs and please send an inquiry to place an order. Mahalo!
Moonset at Halema’uma’u
Paul Ventura with his daughter Grace. He is known as Paul Grace.
E Pili Kakou Sunrise
Ring of Fire
I was born on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai, spent my years as a youth on the Big Island of Hawaii, where I surfed and played along the rocky Puna coast. I have always been inspired to create, blessed and nurtured by the amazing creation before me. I am mostly self-taught. I've found painting to be a wonderful and expressive medium; increasingly exciting and fulfilling. "Nurtured by the amazing creation before me." Since my car accident, I have found that the creative spirit flows nearly as easily by mouth as by hand. I enjoy all mediums: acrylics, oils, watercolors, and digital. I'm inspired by the cultural diversity of Hawaii and the beauty of our world, in which I find a rich, limitless source.
These pieces are available as giclees & prints.
North Shore Mocean
End of The Road
Fire on the Mountain
Golden Bamboo Trail
Hanalei Surfs Up
Highway to Heaven
Walking Under the Blue Jade
Hanalei Surf Shack
Na Pali Moon
Stormy Na Pali
Resting Honu at Tunnels
Big Brown Blues
Grand Pa's Mele
The Kauai Strut
Secret of the Roses
Blowing in the Wind
Red Sun Sumo
Jan Ekelberry Hashi
Multi-Media Artist/ Kitchen & Bath Designer.
Jan Ekleberry has been painting with oils and watercolors since the early 1970’s. Her talents have always been inspired by nature; deserts of Arizona, where she grew up & shores of beautiful Kauai, where she currently resides.
Jan does most of her painting plain aire. It is common for her works to have a little sand in mixed in her mediums, adding to the charm and magic of each of her pieces.
She truly lives in total appreciation of her surroundings.
Enjoy the “Aloha” that each inspired piece of art brings to your home.
I moved to Kauai to pursue my art career and embrace a total lifestyle change. I am very blessed with a very supportive and loving family, all residing in AZ. I have a wonderful partner, Steve Hashi. We are lucky enough to enjoy our art creations together with our company, Overboard Art.
Healing Ocean Waters
30"x30" Oil on canvas. Original Available.
30"x30" oil Original Available
New Bird of Paradise
11"x14" yupo/acrylic Original Available
24"x48" Oil on canvas. Original available.
24"x30" yupo/acrylic Original Available
36"x48" oil Original Available
Pele Looking for Love
16"x20" oil Original Available
15"x15" oil Original Available
16"x12" oil Original Available
15"x48" oil Original Available
Goddess of Fire
12"x36" oil Original Available
8"x8" oil Original Available
Fire & Water
11"x14" yupo/acrylic Original Available
11"x14" yupo/acrylic Original Available
11"x14" yupo/acrylic Original Available
15"x30" oil Original Available
Ocean Inspired Art by Steve Hashi & Jan Ekleberry
Unique. One of a kind Mosaic glass and tile on repurposed sandy ol surf boards made into sparklingly beautiful showers! Great for outdoors or indoors too. It is a collaborative effort between Steve Hashi and Jan Ekelberry who also are professional bathroom and kitchen designers. Please message us for more information.
Aloha! Thank you for taking the time to view our creations, and for your interest in us and our experiences in this paradise called Kauai!
My name is Steve Hashi. Having lived on Kauai for the past 25 years, I am intimately familiar with the island energies that have propelled me toward this point of artistic expression. These elements are reflected in my work, and are at the very heart of why I create as I do. Oh, and speaking of intimate energies, the work that you are viewing consists of a collaborative effort between me and Jan Ekleberry, who is also my beautiful and artistically-gifted girlfriend.
I am thankful for having found Kauai, and for having the privilege of seeing it's heartbeat, culture and way of life become a significant part of my life. I am amazed at how it enriches and uplifts the mind, body and spirit. One is constantly being “fed” by its natural beauty, incredible surf & the beautiful “Aloha” spirit found in many people that live and visit here.
That Aloha Spirit is the wonderful inspiration behind the art that Jan and I create. Growing up in Santa Monica, California, I developed an early bond with the ocean. I became an avid surfer and fisherman, and as such, found myself drawn to Kauai, moving here in 1990. Strangely enough, my primary occupation on Kauai, has been as a general contractor. General contracting is in many ways, at the other end of the spectrum, artfully-speaking. But contracting gave me the opportunity to raise mythree children here in this paradise, as a single dad. This experience has been a precious one to me in that it has given me the chance to watch my kids discover the same love and appreciation of Kauai, for themselves. Seeing them experience the island in their own unique ways, is a dream for me as a father.
Returning to my construction experiences, I will tell you that I have done more than my share of tile-setting. The art of it and the skills required to work with tile, have influenced my art, augmenting the way in which I express it. Some might say it is a mediator that aids in getting what is inside, outside.
So yes, surfer-fisherman, tile-setter, and a beautiful artist girlfriend. I live a very rich and wonderful life, don't you think?
These personal elementshave combined with a desire to phase out of construction, and freely explore my creative side. This has brought me to the point of striving to express some of the things I know and love, through this unique art theme.
THE ARTISTIC PROCESS
The techniques used to create our pieces, are time consuming, but most all are very satisfying. We start by procuring old boards from surfing friends and acquaintances. This is great because it keeps these wonderful relics out of the landfill, which in turn, helps the environment. In this manner, a friend came up with the slogan “ re-surface to re-purpose”. I must admit, I like that! As many other surfers will attest, there is a bond between surfer and board. Sharing thrills and wipeouts, ocean communion and fellowship with like minded “board riders,” all combine to create that connection. In fact, when wave riding, one of the main goals is to stay “bonded” to your board. (Sorry, bad joke, but hey, I'm not a comedian!) In keeping with the island spirit, I am proud to say that all boards used in my pieces were raised on pure Kauaian juice! As such, they all deserve another life, and to be viewed for the works of art that they truly are.
As far as the work goes, these boards are cleaned up, patched, primed, and coated with a elastomeric sealer. They then go on to artistically recreating them into something else that preserves their spirit, but allows them to continue carrying that ocean spirit. We are currently creating exterior “shower “ surfboards, as well as interior “wall hangers" (usually out of the smaller “shortboards”), all fashioned with care from old boards that have been retired.
Next in the process, is where Jan shines. Jan is a talented artist, having worked in oil paints since her teen years. Her knowledge of composition, contrast, and the overall layout of our surfboard art have been invaluable. She's just brilliant. We work/play hard, and we do so very well together. She is always saying; “I’ll do the things that you aren’t crazy about." What a wonderful gift she is to me!
Personally, I do supply input on design, but my forte is in cutting, shaping, and setting the stained glass and mirrors which bring the design work to fruition. My construction background comes into play here because in addition to tile work, plumbing, and carpentry were a part of my area of skill. Finally, after the inner workings are complete, all pieces are “set “ with thin-set adhesive and then grouted so that they last, are durable, and are reborn just as awesome as they were when they rode the waves. You can see that spirit in every piece. We feel it in every part of the process that allows us to artistically bring what might have been landfill, back to life as something different but still preservative of the ocean, the thrill of waves, and the bond of the rider and the board.
Hence, our fondest hope for our art is that we are able to cultivate inspiration, awe, and excitement equal to that which inspired us to create. Likewise, I tell you that glass and mirror are great mediums! They sparkle and shine brilliantly, offering the viewer a different perspective from each angle. And through and through, reaching out from the core of this work, is that beauty and inspiration, which we feel is the essence of “Kauai”. We hope you'll agree! Thank you for reading about us.
Jim Irons: Surf Legend, Artist, Father, not necessarily in that order; please click the link above, to read more about Jim, in an interview, by his son, for Surf Shack.
Spending time at the beach -near the ocean and nature, that’s what inspires me to create my art. When I’m in the studio painting I get inspired to seek out these precious moments. Through my art I hope to remind people to slow down, look around and enjoy every minute of being alive!”
Born and raised in Hungary, Evelin Kekesi showed artistic prowess at an early age through her drawings on her family’s cabin walls. She received tremendous support from her family during her childhood years and took private drawing/painting lessons from renowned Hungarian artists. She attended a school in Budapest that specialized in artistic expression, where she studied fine art painting and art restoration. Upon graduating she moved to the USA.
Evelin first took up residence in New York and eventually moved to Southern California where she became a prolific muralist and fine artist creating art for many private homes and estates across the continent.
In 2010 Evelin moved to Hawaii, where she fell in love with the beauty of the islands and developed a reverence for the sea. Evelin renders images of beach life with tropical flare and unique color palette. Her paintings capture magic moments in the lives of beach goers and surfers. Painting, playing in the ocean and surfing are her passions; beach-side lifestyle, nature, tropical sceneries and palm trees are all inspirations for her paintings.
Waiting for Waves
South Shore Stack
Beach Boys Toys
Ready to Ride
40"x20" Original Available
Walking the Line
32"x24" Original Available
40"x20" Original Available
16"x20" Original Available
9"x12" Original Available
18"x24" Original Available
Sea Cliff Palms
9"x12" Original Available
12"x24" Original Available
16"x20" Original Available
Path to Paradise
Bali Hai View
16"x20" Original Available
Original acrylics on canvas. Scenes and birds of Kaua'i. For more information regarding sizes and prices, or to commission a piece, please fill out the inquiry form and you will receive a responce promptly. Enjoy & Mahalo y'all!
"I've put together some of my best photography here on this site for the world to enjoy. I've been a professional photographer for just a few years. Moving to the beautiful island of Kauai in 2010, I became inspired to capture the beautiful scenery I've discovered on my many adventures. After growing a lot in my Kauai Wood Photography; photos transfered onto local hardwoods, my photography began to have a lot of interest."
Enjoy! Please send us an inquiry about Abe's work. We are happy to get back to you with more information. Mahalo
David LaCock ~ Visionary Artist
It starts like the Big Bang did. A raw and empty canvas. Quiet and still. It's first breath taken, with globs of different colored paints squeezed from tubes onto its stark existence. Then with the stroke of a worn out brush ~ life begins. A world is created for those who need refreshment, nourishment, escape, or just visual appeal that flows to the heart & senses.
A man of nature, David was always found in flower beds or trees from a very young age. He started surfing when he was nine, which expanded his love of the land to the ocean and all the life it hosts. Time spent during the 70's living near Tunnels beach in a tipi and in Taylor Camp added to the richness and psychedelic motion of his art form. Tilling the earth by hand, to plant and grow the sugarloaf white pineapple for all to taste it's nectar, only brings him deeper into connection with the rich & loamy soil that gives life. This relationship with the beauty & spirit of the earth are always apparent and lovingly translated in the wonder of his work.
His dramatic nature, portrayed in his morning and evening skies, must come from a sprinkling of an elegantly wild mother who learned to fly planes, and a father who found his way into broadway, movies, radio, & became lead host of the classic television game show, Hollywood Squares.
The adventurous spirit in his art come straight from wild real life escapades ~ lots of times accompanied by well known artist, Chick Bragg, who first inspired David to take a brush and dip it in paint. Please ask him about his month long ocean crossing on a sailboat. The eighty year rugged captain who ran the show. A motley crew of runaways, convicts and "Hippie Bob". The near mutiny that almost went down. And their run in with a whale............
But the true element that makes David's work so full of beauty and heart, is his authentic nature to love and care for the land and his family. He has raised seven of his children at home in Ha'ena, where most of them were conceived and born. An abundance of food, from trees planted years ago, are climbed in & foraged by little hands. There is a bursting of life and living that offers David both muse and respite to take time and create.......
Relax, breath, enjoy. Let the work & magic of David LaCock mesmerize & awaken you...........
110" x 40"
Legend of Kauai
110" x 40"
Musician, Artist, Mom, Wife, Friend, World Traveler, Sharer of all things good and groovy & not necessarily in any order....Elizabeth Lee...created the world of Red Dawg as a means to share hope and fun and giving. Please explore more on the original site:
Please send an inquiry if you would like to order your own Red Dawg. Red Dawg can be customized to express many personalities & interests. Happy to help.
Creativity and intuition have been the guiding forces in my life. I see the world differently than most people. I see the pattern that nature builds with. I see the sky as layers of paint. I see shape and curves infinitely repeated. I see lights when I close my eyes.
I make art because I am compelled to. It stirs within me, asking to be released, begging to be revealed. Often when I begin a piece, I have no idea where it will take me, but I can feel its presence. Other pieces I see clearly before I begin, a vision to be sculpted a brush-stroke at a time.
The greatest gift for me is when someone comes into the gallery and is truly moved, spiritually, emotionally; when the art creates a palpable experience for them that shifts their perspective in that moment and beyond.
Kaua'i Folk Artist
Outside Artist/Carport Art Kauai
Longtime, North Shore, Hanalei resident, Bill Long creates whimsical, happy, folk art fish.
His fish are one of a kind!
Bill is known on Kauai as a custom home designer & builder, living in Hanalei, for over thirty years. The homes he built, withstood Iniki, unscathed, a testament to his skil and craftsmanship. Bill started painting as a hobby in 1998; painting discarded metal tool boxes, re-creating them, giving them new purpose as art objects.
The fish Bill paints are similar in concept; something old into something new. The “school” is created on clear, old growth redwood deck planks (many from the pool deck of Grahm Nash, of CSN & Young). Planks are discarded, useless to most, pieces of wood which get re-claimed, re-cycled, re-stored, re-used, re-purposed & re-sawed, planed & sanded to 600 grit smooth to give the old planks new life as colorful, whimsical, happy fish! Each new work of art is signed, dated and numbered on the back.
The colorful fish take an exterior enamel, which takes a minimum of 24 hours to dry between each color. Only one color at a time is used. The fish are created using multi colors & many layers. Some fish take 8 to 12 months to create and cure completely.
Diving is another of Bill’s passions and his “school of fish” are inspired from those dive experiences around Kaua'i. Each plank results a retelling of real-life experience, combined with a vivid imagination.
Bill is recognized by the Folk Art Museum in NY & has collectors world wide. His folk fish find new hearts & homes to happily hang in. Each fish is unique. No two are the same...commonly,, they do bring Happiness, Smiles & Go with the flow... Mahalo! Please send an inquiry for more information on the fish painted by Bill Long.
Dawn Lundquist creates art to express her personal feeling of the incredible beauty of Hawaii.
the majesty and tranquility of the ocean and its many moods,
the serenity of the green velvet mountains that were once so awesome in red volcanic fury,
the delightful dawns and spectacular sunsets that open and close each lovely day.
Dawn began her art career as a teenager and a young mother in Boulder, Colorado, immersed in pottery, sculpture & paper maché. She was inspired to paint by the supreme marine artist, Anton Gutnecth while she was living in Laguna Beach, California.
Mostly self-taught, she has been fortunate to be mentored &/or inspired by William De Shazo, Anthony Casay, Stephen Sands and Joyce Clark. Dawn's work is in several hundred private and public collections worldwide & in fine art galleries throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Dawn is a multifaceted person who has reached pinnacles in, not one, but 7 careers: stock broker, real estate investor, President and CEO of a multilevel lingerie and brassiere company, C.E.O. of a computer software and hardware corporation, published author; and currently in her chosen career, fine artist. Her 27 years in Hawaii have served as a healing experience. She loves to share her experiences through her art. She is available to book a plain aire painting experience for individuals or groups. Please message to make arrangements.
I love to paint the human form, defined by the touch of light & shadow. I focus on bringing alive, in myself and in you, the natural state of being we long for: relaxation, strength, trust, connection, and freedom. For me, a successful painting releases the fragrance of the sacred and the sensual into the space where it hangs. It mirrors the beauty and power that is you. I invite you to choose a painting that expresses who you really are, and use it as a tool to call your dreams into reality daily.
Personalized Mermaid Portraits. So Beautiful. Please send an inquiry to acquire an original piece or schedule to create your commission portrait. Pastel sketches are also available. DeLIGHTed to help you!
Dina Mori / Satya
Dina Mori, born in New York, now resides in Kaua'i, Hawaii. She is a painter, drawer, colorist, mark maker & figurative artist. These drawings are an aspect of her facility with a variety of mediums and expression.They are drawings from the model. One can literally feel the eye-to-hand connection. Her art is lyrical, sensual, funny, lingual & expressive line & gesture.
"I have kept in touch with the joy of drawing from the model, focusing & working in a state of intuitive spontaneity. At the end of each session, I am elated, my eyes so opened that wherever I look, I see the Grace. This stimulates me to go further in my search to create Truth in Art." Dina Mori / Satya
Michelle Nicely (aka Michelle Green) loves visiting family on Kauai. She resides in Santa Cruz,CA and holds BFA from UT @ Austin,TX in painting/photography. She moved to California 20+ years ago, landing in the heart of Hollywood's film industry; working her way up from a scenic artist to Production Designer & member of the Art Directors Guild. Clients include: Graham Nash, Chris Squire of YES, Aerosmith, Back St. Boys, Olsen Twins, Ozzy Osbourne, Dr. Dre, & MTV. Her feature film work includes: “Who’s Your Daddy?" and "Space Kids". Her scope of work also includes large montages in oils with iconic themes inspired from her travels.
Represented here are original pastels on archival sand paper. Pastel doesn’t refer to the “color”. The name comes from the French word ”pastiche”. A pure powdered pigment ground into paste, then rolled into sticks. It is the same pigment used in all fine art paints. It is a permanent pigment that will not crack or fade over time.
Michelle is a member of Art Directors Guild.
Who's Who in America: 1986
Kauai based professional artist Patrice Pendarvis has been painting & exhibiting for over40years. She is also a well knowninstructor. Patrice has captured Hawaii’s charm, beauty and diverse subject matter through her art. Most recognized for her renditions of Hawaiian pictorial compositions and historical structures, rich landscapes, verdant seascapes and enticing vignettes of life in Hawaii, her plein -air paintings ofEuropean explorations are sought after as well.
As a child she enjoyed her days surrounded by the ocean in a wooded area of Southern California. A neighborhood artist recognized her interest in painting, exposed her to many mediums and stimulated her with backyard exhibits. She was encouraged and challenged by her high school art instructor, holding her first one-woman exhibit at age 15.
Watercolor being her primary medium, she passionately explores its challenging characteristics through traditional as well as abstract approaches - the result is a masterpiece of light and spontaneity, ultimately inspired from nature. Traditional transparent watercolor is one in which no opaque white pigment is used. All light tones depend on the white paper, unlike opaque mediums such as pastel and aqua oils that can be manipulated. A watercolorist needs to be a visual master of light and embrace the mediums challenges. Patrice captures the essence of a chosen subject by generally painting on location, thus creating the visual excitement portrayed in her art. In the studio, she composes Watercolors, Rice Paper Collages, Pastel or aqua Oil paintings by adding her artistic license to her plein -air paintings. Recently she has expanded her artistic versatility by using kiln fired China Paint to create her watercolor like images on porcelain and tile.
She credits the knowledge and experiences of painters she has had the pleasure to work under. Their professional abilities and guidance have enabled her to pursue a career as an artist and to acknowledge a love affair with the process ofresponding to the world through her painting ; Gerald Brommer, Bob Landry, Zoltan Szabo, Judi Betts, Maxine Masterfield,Millard Sheets.
" My paintings are ultimately from nature. They are familiar but not exact. It is how I interpret my emotional response that invites my viewer to step into my paintings, to experience that fleeting moment in time. Love of my work is the mainspring that motivates me. I share with the world my appreciation for the environment and hope to raise my viewers’ consciousness to appreciate and respect it. If I can enhance a persons life and stimulate an emotional response, I have succeeded with my creative efforts."
Patrice is the recipient of numerous awards and purchase prizes. Her work has been selected for magazine covers and feature articles. She is a life member in the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Kauai Society of Artists, a “Kaua’i Made” member, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, Kauai Outdoor Painters Association. She has held 18 one-woman exhibitions and has shown in 32 juried and 24 group exhibits. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections such as American West DEX, Bank of Hawaii, Commonwealth Financial, First Hawaiian Bank, Gibson Co., Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Hyatt Hotels, IBM, Kauai County, Lincoln Life Ins., Nabisco Co,Outrigger Hotels, and the Princeville Resort.
Commissions welcomed, studio visit by appointment, art instruction in the studio or out. Aloha
Na Pali Flora
Watercolor 27 x 20
Pastel 24 x 30
Watercolor Plein Air 9 x 12
Pastel 4 x 4
East Side Walk
Watercolor 9 x 12
Watercolor & Rice Paper Collage 13 x 9
Moloaa Morning Walk
Watercolor & RicePaper Collage 7 x 9
Watercolor Plein Air 12 x 9
Majestic Na Pali
Watercolor & Rice Paper Collage 4 x 4
Watercolor & Rice Paper collage 4 x 4
Watercolor and Rice Paper Collage 8x8
Watercolor Collage 7 x 7
Tidal Patterns lll
Watercolor and Kaua`i Sand on Clayboard 8 x 10
Watercolor on Yupo 11 x 9
Watercolor on Yupo 7 x 10
Watercolor on Yupo 11 x 14
watercolor on clayboard 11 x 14
Wait for Me !!
Watercolor on Yupo 11 x 14
Watercolor 30 x 22
Papaa Bay Tide
Watercolor 30 x 22
Watercolor on Yupo 6 x 4
Watercolor Plein Air 22 x 30
Bill Ramsey Jr.
Bill Ramsey, (1948-2017) was born in Hawaii. His family was stationed in Honolulu, during WWII. The Ramseys returned home to Texas, after the war & Billy was raised in Richardson. He worked beside his father at A&A Equipment Repair & became inspired by the metals he worked with daily. Thus began his art fascination, in the 70's, designing whimsical, torched, metal sculptures mounted on polished wood blocks. The free form of flame, molten metals and varied colorations juxtaposed by the structured stabilizing blocks of wood, ignited enthusiasm of creative arts. Bill was in an auto accident in college, that left him DOA. Fortunately, he was resuscitated & over time. complications from those injuries and medical drug reaction to antibiotics have left him wheelchair bound with limited body movement. Creating art frees him....Bill enjoys painting, shows in a gallery at the Galleria in Dallas, TX and here in his birthplace, Hawaii.
Please send us an inquiry to acquire any pieces that interest you.
Expressive & Colorful: Life is. Get the most out of life. My art is as exciting. It opens eyes & makes you think, dream.... The beauty. Life is very colorful. I hope that you can see life in my art, that is what the colors are. The World The Life The Colors
World of Colors.
Christian Riso's art is an emotional experience filed by years of training and exploration in multiple forms of art.
Born to a family of artists; his grandfather was a sculptor, his father a chef-de-cusine, Christian is also an accomplished chef and sculptor. It was in his native Algeria where Jaques Moreau introduced him to seascapes and landscapes and initiated him into two dimensional art as his first teacher.
Travel throughout Europe and North America brings diversity & in Southern California, christian studied sculpture under Lois Sloan and then moved on to pottery and jewelry.
Years of intense drawing and studying human anatomy & portraits were inevitably to bring Christian to oil painting. He moved to Hawaii.
Today, his favorite medium to express himself is oil painting.
His colors are vivid and his strokes are suggestions of "old masters" interpreted with the vitality of the natural beauty which surrounds Kauai.
Santiago Soto, is a fine artist working and living in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. Oil painting, Charcoal Drawing and Music are his passions.
Santiago Soto has been studying art and performing live music since he was a child. Santiago’s first creative influences came from his mother’s life in art and his father’s love for contemporary American music. Growing up on the central coast of California, he developed a deep appreciation and thorough understanding of design, color theory, and anatomy while studying at prestigious institutions: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA and Laguna College of Art & Design. Santiago also mentored under the extremely, talented artist, Sergio Sanchez.
Santiago continues to develop his unique style of fine art and shares his excitement of music with his band. He and his family are a joy to share with. They have a restaurant that hosts great food, live music, gallery space & massage studio. Paniolo Grill & Aloha Moon in Kapaa. The hula girl theme which is prevalent in his works is inspired by his wife, Michelle. (Please see the photo by Chris Gallardo taken at Paniolo Grill)...They have lots of fun!
Please send an inquiry for pieces of Santiago's works and know that many of his pieces sell quickly, but he can recreate a similar scene. He is a prolific artist and most pieces are original oils on a standard sized canvas panel. Some pieces are on wood panels, which we can verify size at time of inquiry. Santiago welcomes commission pieces.