Shannon Hickey Ceramic Art
Originally from Chicago, Shannon Hickey has lived in Hawaii for 25 years. Shannon received her degree in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has been teaching ceramics in Hilo for 10 years.
Shannon’s ceramic work and intaglio prints have been in juried shows in Hawaii, the US mainland, and China. Her work is in Public Collections at the Amity Foundation in Woodbury, Connecticut and the China Academy of Art, Hanzhou, China.
Patti Pease Johnson Pastel and Silk Painting
I’m exhilarated by nature’s beauty and vivid colors, and
often, it is the simplistic nature of life I find most intriguing. Visual paintings are in my night dreams occasionally. One painting’s inspiration came from noticing the natural occurrence when eyes are closed – the spots of color and shapes.
The mental incubation period of a piece can be short, from a walk in the woods to a simple pencil thumbnail sketch. It’s always the new journey each piece brings that I enjoy. Final acceptance is where I feel my vision was captured, or I liked the new place it took me. Then it is time to give it away to the world, not meaning monetary terms, just free from my personal hold over it esoterically, so another human can hopefully feel their own unique vibrations from the colors and shapes.
Happy Endings Original on Silk Available at High Fire Hawaii Gallery
I grew up in and family of 10 in rural Minnesota in the small town of Olivia. At age 12, we moved to Coon Rapids, a suburb of Minneapolis. As a teenager, my mom took me to art classes with her and we also enjoyed much family camping throughout my childhood. I’m very grateful to my parents for instilling the art of noticing nature’s greatness. Having moved to the Big Island in 1998 with my family of four, I became enthralled with the vivid colors and large plant shapes of the rain forest.
Wailoa Park Tulip Trees II Original Pastel Available at High Fire Hawaii Gallery
Past career paths have nurtured my creative skills, as a graphic designer, marketing consultant, editor, and small publishing company owner, with a pre-career in the nursery landscape field for a decade. These days I enjoy learning from students while teaching silk painting and soft pastel classes, and being office manager of our family business, while revelling in my painting journeys.
Puna Coast Day Plein Air Original Pastel Available at High Fire Hawaii Gallery
My mission is to be wholehearted appreciation for each other’s humanity.
My artistic mission is to light people up with the colors of life. Mahalo for letting me into some of your life!
“LOVIN’ THE TI PLANT PICTURES! Now that these lovely gals are up – we can appreciate their origin – it is rainy & that sun refuses to stay out for too long here on our West Coast of British Columbia.” Amandah & Chris
I met this couple at my booth during the February Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival. I’m so happy they chose these three original silk painting ti plants, which they purchased mounted, unmatted and unframed. They had them completed nicely by professionals in their home town.
These ti plant “gals” were created last October for my customer and friend Sumiko, who wanted my artwork to complete her four new vacation rentals. However, she lives right at ocean side and the salt for framed, glass or plexi-glass pieces would not work out well. Plus, purchasing multiples of 12 originals for the unit’s sitting rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, warranted canvas giclee prints rather than original works of art. So we had Robyn at Hilo Fine Art (formerly Keaau Fine Art) create the giclees for her Bhudda’s Ocean Retreat in Hawaiian Paradise Park (http://www.hawaiigaga.com/
Jacob Arthur Medina Paintings and Prints
Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Jacob has exhibited work in numerous local and international exhibitions. His work is in the Public Collection of the China Academy of Art, Hanzhou, China.
Recent Exhibitions Include:
- 2009 Schaefer Portrait Challenge, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI and
- Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
- 2009 EHCC Fall Arts Festival, Hilo, HI
- 2009 “Coffs” solo show, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2009 Abstract Only, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2009 Fifty-Fifty Collective, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2007 Fifty-Fifty Surf Skate collective, Hilo Art Museum, Hilo, HI and Ong King, Chinatown, Honolulu, HI
- 2007 Hilo in our H’arts 4th Juried Competition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2007 Self-Portrait Exhibit, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2006 Abstract Only, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
- 2006 Big Island Portrait Exhibition, East Hawai’I Cultural Center, Hilo, HI
- 2006 Honolulu Printmakers 78th Annual, Honolulu, HI
Nani Maloof Paintings and Prints
Nani Maloof was born and raised on the Big Island. She has been painting and drawing since childhood. Nani draws her inspiration from the island’s abundant beauty, putting memories of her favorite places to canvas. Nani graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Clayton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (1969) and a Master of Arts in History (1976) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He studied with Sensei Seisho Kuniyoshi in Yomitan, Okinawa throughout the 1970’s. He returned to Hawaii and worked to develop his own unique style reflecting his experience.
Clayton fires most of his work in a wood-fired Anagama Kiln at his home near Hilo. Each firing takes 4-5 days and consumes 3½ cords of wood. Firings are special events and Clayton is only able to produce a limited number of pieces each year.
Joe Laceby Cyanotype
Joe Laceby graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He describes his artistic growth and chosen process:
“Born in the shadow of Tulsa OK, 1970. Farm boy by nature but grew up the king of dirt ball wars. My interest in art began early, very early. My father was the developer for the Tulsa police crime lab and I spent many a summers hiding out in that lab. I was given a tall stool to watch all of the processes but I was told to close my eyes when some of the final crime scene prints were washing…(I peeked). I remember the fascination that 7 year old had in a place that few children were allowed. My father’s darkroom fascinated me, not only in a visual sense; but it also imbedded within me a memory of the non-visual stimulants associated with a darkroom. The feeling of trusting darkness, the coolness of the constantly flowing water, and the smells that would creep around from the different chemicals. Many years later in a college photography class, this imbedded memory was awakened. It allowed me to bring back to the medium the playfulness of a child’s vision from which it was personally discovered. It’s from this that my prints say what they need to say without the complexities of the critically educated adult eye. The cyanotype process allows this to happen in the very nature of the final print. But like anyone true to their vision, the physical deconstruction and reorganization of the print is where the excitement lies for me. I’ll never claim to be a purist, only an artist. A maker of things.
Here is a basic explanation of what I am doing:
During the early years of photography, many techniques were tried to achieve some sort of clear visual image. As the next new process reached a higher level of clarity and ease of multiple reproductions, the previous method was abandoned. These abandoned methods came to be known as alternative methods. I work within one of these processes: The Cyanotype.
Cyanotype printing involves treating a surface with iron salts that reacts to UV light. A surface is coated by hand with the liquid mixture. A negative the same size as the final image is placed over it. This is set between marine plywood and plexi-glass with clamps. It is then brought out to expose in the sun. After the exposure, the paper is washed and allowed to dry. The resulting image is viewed as a black and white but with the black
being replaced with a Prussion Blue. The final print is then worked by hand with the application of whatever it seems to need; minerals such as Mica and Silver leaf or multiple ink washes with different pigments folded in.
The images I work with are those that I come in contact with during my daily living. The image is one that presents itself just out of the normal frame of vision. It makes me stop and wonder. Before I look too silly just standing there staring and wondering, I take a picture.”
- Honorable Mention 2010 Hawaii Photo Expo
- First Place Enthusiast 2009 Hawaii Photo Expo