Welcome to Day Two of I’d rather be in Hawaii week! Every day we're visiting the studio of a different artist, with some incredible giveaways offered each day as well.
So … for our first interview of the week, I’m in the studio on the island of Kauai with ... Marionette.
FK: Aloha kakahiaka (Good morning), Marionette. I have my morning coffee already poured. What gets you started in the morning?
Kauai Coffee Visitor Center Print
FK: Those both sound delicious - I’m a serious coffee drinker! Tell me about your etsy shop and all your other activities. I know you’re involved in a lot of things.
Art Classes: http://kauaiartclasses.blogspot.com/
FK: Wow - that's an amazing list -you’re a very busy artist! Tell me about the classes you teach.
I own my own studio, Painting Paradise, located in Waimea Town on Kauai's west side. I offer classes in watercolor, acrylics, silk painting, pastels, sumi-e, artist trading cards, scratchboard and more. I also teach at a few of the resorts around the island.
FK: I'll bet that keeps you very busy. How long have you had your Etsy shop?
My two year anniversary on Etsy is coming up in May, and it has been wonderful! People feel comfortable purchasing from Etsy and that has made it easy for me to have a venue for my original watercolors and acrylics as well as prints of my paintings. I even carry some ACEOs for the collectors out there.
FK: Your work is of course very reflective of Hawaii. With so many beautiful sites to choose from, what are your favorite subjects?
I started out painting mainly tropical flowers which is one of my favorite subjects. Lately I have been discovering that I love to paint the gorgeous landscapes of Kauai from the mountains to the breathtaking seascapes. I also enjoy painting the old plantation cottages and have received several commissions on this subject.
FK: It would be tough for ME to choose which of your subjects I like the best. So I know it’s like asking you which child a mother likes best, but what are your own personal favorites from your work, and why?
Mainly my personal favorites are the paintings that I have recently finished or am working on. I just finished "A Pink Hibiscus with Dew Drops" and I love it because I know how wonderful the experience was to paint it. I actually painted the majority of the under painting with just my fingers. Yes, I love to finger paint!
FK: So we can add finger painting to your list of painting techniques! Just how many different media do you work in? And how long have you been painting?
Right now I work in watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and silk painting. I love to explore new mediums and techniques, and since I am a teacher, I feel it's my responsibility to try them out. I am mainly a self-taught artist and consider myself a life-long learner. With art, you learn something new every day. I have been a full-time artist for three years, and before that I was creating art part-time for about 15 years. As a child, my mother said she could never keep enough arts and crafts supplies in the house because I was always creating.
FK: Where’s your “quiet place” when you need a break from creating – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate?
My husband and I have a permit to access the private land that is owned by Kauai Coffee. We often take a ride on Sundays through the coffee fields to access some of his favorite fishing grounds. There are also a few beaches we can visit. It is very private, and we often have the entire beach to ourselves to just relax and get away from it all.
FK:What a beautiful site! That’s definitely a place to get away and relax!
FK: What part of being an artist is the most gratifying to you and what is the hardest?
I love teaching someone who thinks they can't paint, that they can. It brings me such joy to see the look in their eyes as they create a work of art. The hardest part about being an artist is the paper work for my business. Ugh! Other than that, I love every aspect of my career and thank God every day for letting me do what I love to do in a place that I love to be. I honestly have never been happier.
FK: That is such a wonderful state of being! You keep so incredibly busy, but what do you do when you’re not being an artist?
I love going to the beach, fishing, and mainly just hanging around with my hubby and "talking story" (which is local talk for "shooting the breeze"). Kauai is a very rural island. It's a place where you can slow down, reflect, relax, and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
FK: Talking story. I love that! If I were to visit Hawaii, what is the one place or thing that I should absolutely not miss seeing?
Also, find some time to tour one of Kauai's many botanical gardens and take in a luau. That's just the minimum that I recommend. There is still so much to see and do that you might have to extend your vacation indefinitely!!
FK: Marionette, I can tell that you have “Aloha ‘aina” (love of the land). Tell me what beautiful artwork you’re offering for our drawing.
I will be giving away a 5"x7" print of "Kalalau" which is a reproduction of an original pastel painting on velour paper. Kalalau Valley is a very magical spot on Kauai and is located at the end of Waimea Canyon road. Often this scene is covered in misty clouds or rain, but every once in a while the valley appears in full sunlight. It is a very sacred spot of the Hawaiians.
FK: How beautiful, Marionette - I must visit! Mahalo for such a wonderful giveaway. I so much enjoyed this visit with you.
Here’s how to enter:
I will also pick a second winner to receive a selection of “I’d rather be in Hawaii” bookmarks and/or magnets from me.
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Another island artist will be interviewed each day for the rest of the week. You will need to comment each day if you want to be entered into that day’s drawing. Your comments for this post will NOT carry over to the next day.
Mahalo and good luck. Come back tomorrow to meet yet another artist!