Our Artists

Shannon Hickey     Ceramic Art

Originally from Chicago, Shannon Hickey has lived in Hawaii for 30 years. Shannon received her degree in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has been teaching ceramics in Hilo for over 15 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.


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 Amemiya

Anagama Wood-fired Pottery


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

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