Hana. A place for healing. A place I go for inspiration. My place of peace. I just love floating in the cool waters listening to the sound of waterfalls. In 2018, I came up with a concept for a painting that was inspired by Hana, Maui Hawaii.
I knew I wanted jungle, eucalyptus, butterflies, hibiscus, and little creatures hidden within the painting. I got to work at the Kalama Village in Kihei where I was selling my artwork a few days a week in my friends shop.
Acrylic paint was my go to medium for this painting as I wanted it bold, colorful, and almost 3D. I sketched out on the canvas first, grounded the canvas with burnt Sienna and water, and got to painting. I am not sure how many layers it took to complete the painting, but it took me around 25 hours to complete. As I worked on the painting, it almost seemed to have a mind of its own. A gecko decided it wanted to hide under a leaf. A praying mantis was curious as to what was going on posing on a monstera. Mushrooms peaked out from beneath the jungle foliage. I just love it when the painting almost paints itself. This painting is a fan favorite as the butterflies literally seem as if they are flying off the canvas. I had limited edition prints made by a local business in Lahaina, Maui. He was able to print the butterflies embossed, so the butterflies were truly 3D. I have 25 limited edition prints available to purchase and I hand embellish each one to make them unique. I can also personalize the embellishment for you. Just send me a text of email of what you are thinking. The original is available as well and is not varnished so I can tweak it a little if you desire. Hope you are enjoying my art world.