Thursday, February 18, 2010


It’s Day Four of our I’d rather be in Hawaii week. Today we’re in the studio with Schar Freeman, of scharart. Schar has some unique approaches to her art and an acute sensitivity to the power of women and the Hawaiian culture.  And it makes her a very interesting artist indeed!

FK: Aloha Kakahiaka, Schar. What’s your morning “cuppa?”

I love my morning fresh ground, drip style cuppa coffee.

FK: That makes two of us! I’ll pour the coffee while you tell me about your etsy shops and other sites.

My etsy sites: and
My web art gallery:
My blog:
My Facebook:
My web marketplace:

I also have artwork on exhibit in the Banana Patch Studio and Gallery in Hanapepe, Kauai.

I live on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai and work and live in the artist colony of Hanapepe.

FK: You’re not from Hawaii originally. How did you come to live on Kauai?

I came to Kauai after raising two sons and two husbands - LOL! - directly migrating from the Pacific Northwest in 2000. I had dreamed of living here ever since I could remember. My great-aunt often shared her visits to this island with me while I was growing up. She started visiting here in the early 30's as her father, my great-grandfather, had landed on Kauai after leaving Spain in the late 1800's.

I first visited the islands in the early 70's and fell deeply in love with the culture and the people of these islands but mostly loved the lifestyle and complete aloha of the island of Kauai. The land and her people are such an inspiration for my work. I hadn't tackled painting the ocean or landscapes until my arrival here. This island commands this of me now.

FK: I'm glad you did - that painting is gorgeous! When did you open your Etsy shop(s)?

I launched my shop June of 2008.

FK: Your work is so very reflective of true Hawaiian culture. What are your favorite subjects?

Some of my favorite subjects are cultural activities like Hula, prayer and the strength of women. My own American Native Wintu Nation and the Hawaiian cultures are based around the role and strength of the woman.

FK: There’s quite a few painters on Etsy from Hawaii, but you seem to have a uniquely personal approach to developing your artwork. Tell us about it.

Most of my paintings first develop during a dream. I will see images of symbols that relate to things I am sorting out or experiencing in my waking life. I have vision in only one eye since the age of eight and this means I have no depth perception. So I have learned that with color and the different values of color I can create a sense of dimension.

In Pueo Dream Transition there is a portrait (some ask if it is a self portrait) of a woman with silver hair gently blowing, standing strong with her face turned to the full moon, raising her hand that holds flowers … and with the pure magic of the combination of the sea, moon and earth and her intention, these flowers turn into pictographs that depict the symbols of life force, ocean and the earth.

This painting came about after a long illness of a dear friend and partner. He was close to death and I needed to find my way into strength to let him go. One morning during my walk along the ocean an owl came out of the brush along the roadside, not 15 feet from me. She looked at me and then landed just a bit away ... looking at me the entire time. My native ways taught me many times that when an owl looks you in the eyes it is the message either of death or of a major transition. Indeed this was my special message and I immediately went to the studio and painted the owl into this painting.

After his survival of a serious illness, my partner and I went our separate ways. I had learned to let him go and became stronger for realizing that this was my message from the owl.

FK: That’s a very touching and beautiful story! How many  media do you work in and how long have you been painting?

I work with oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastels. I love them all for the challenge each one offers. I have been painting since the age of 12 when I was a student with a fantastic artist who was a friend of my family. He taught me how to see! I continued my study with many artists and went to college with art as my major. I then was a "ghost painter" for a popular artist who painted and sold in the Caribbean for over five years. It was with him that I learned how to keep producing and marketing art.

FK: Where’s your “quiet place” when you need a break from creating – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate?

My quiet place is at the beach at sunrise as I walk around what we locals call Sharks Bay ... there is no greater peace within than what comes to me each and every day at sunrise. I find solace and gratitude with each and every breath as I watch the ocean and its magnificent power as it sculpts the shore. The fresh air and salty breeze revitalizes me.

FK: How awe-inspiring! What’s most gratifying to you as an artist? What do you dislike the most?

One of the most gratifying aspects of being an artist is to be able to develop an idea or a certain 'portrait' of someone or something that I have in my dreams. Much of my work develops directly from my dreams. I believe that women are the backbone and grounded strength in family, culture and ceremony and this is why they are a major theme in my work.

I do not like to deal with galleries in general with the exception of the one I am currently in. For the most part, an artist works hard and long hours on faith. Galleries are the only businesses I know of that do not have to purchase the merchandise they offer for sale. Where is the incentive then to sell the items on display?

FK: What keeps you busy when you’re not being an artist?

I am an active Council member of the Kauai Pow Wow Council doing FUN-raising for our annual Pow Wow which happens in the Fall every year since 2000.

I walk 3-5 miles every day, usually somewhere along the beautiful coast of my island.

There is a huge feral cat population on the island and I care for a colony of about 30+ kitties down at my favorite beach park, Salt Pond.

K: If I were to visit Hawaii, what is the one place or thing that I should absolutely not miss seeing?

On this island I would have to say the Waimea Canyon and Kalalau.

FK: Ok, they’re on my list of places to visit! What’s your favorite Hawaiian saying?

My favorite saying is the state’s motto: "'Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono" – “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

FK: That's a beautiful motto! Tell us about your giveaway.

I’m giving a set of four of my most popular art magnets. Included will be Moon Dancer, Mother Peace, Pueo Dream Transition and 7x7 Generations. These are all reproductions from my original paintings of the same name. They measure 2.125” x 3.125” with a metal shell, mylar-UV protecting cover, and flat magnetic back.


 FK: Schar, it has been my great pleasure to visit with you today. You have a unique and special artistic vision!

Here’s how to enter:

I will use random number generator to pick a winner of the giveaway from all comments posted here between now and a week from today at noon.

I will also pick a second winner to receive a selection of “I’d rather be in Hawaii” bookmarks and/or magnets from me.

You have several opportunities to enter your comments:

1. Enter a comment about your favorite piece of art by the artist.
2. Enter a comment if you signed up to follow her blog (or comment that you already follow)
3. Enter a comment if you signed up to follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter (or comment that you already follow)
4. Enter a comment that you signed up to follow MY blog (or comment that you already follow)
5. Enter a comment that you signed up to become MY Facebook fan (or comment that you already follow)

(And – please – if you say you signed up, be sure that you DID sign up!)

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.

NOTE: As the week's giveaways are posted, I will list the ending dates on the right-hand side of my blog under "current contests and giveaways."

Mahalo and good luck. Come back tomorrow to meet yet another artist!


  1. I love Scar's artwork and my favorite is 7X7 Generations. Her art is colorful, meaningful and rich with culture. Plus, I would love to go to Hawaii.

  2. Menehune Magic Morning is my favorite piece from Schar's collection. She has so many wonderful paintings but this one just seems so serene and I love the colors.

    Great blog, btw!

  3. I certainly am a follower of Schar's blog.

  4. and on facebook also. :)

    thanks for telling me about this giveaway schar! x

  5. My favorite artwork? This is so hard!
    I have to name a few...
    I love...
    "Spirit of Kalalau"
    "Winter Blues"
    "JavaJava II"
    "From Canetop"
    "Moon Dancer"

    These are all in the running for favorite :-)

  6. I'm a fan of Schar's on Facebook

  7. I love Scharart's Pueo Transition Dream...but everything is so lovely!

  8. Oh, it's so tough to choose a favorite from Schar's work!! I love this woman and all that she creates :) If I HAVE to pick, I'd go with the Edge of Earth and Moon.

    I'm a follower of Schar's blog, too!

    Thanks so much for the wonderful interview and giveaway!

  9. I love that Schar gives so much support to women and the Hawaiian culture in her work. I appreciate all of you supporting this effort to bring these wonderful artists to your attention! Tell your friends!

  10. I love that Schar gives so much support to women and the Hawaiian culture in her work. I appreciate all of you supporting this effort to bring these wonderful artists to your attention! Tell your friends!

  11. Another gr8 interview for "Hawaii week", Felicia, and another talented Kauai artist...

    God bless...Dava

  12. The roosters, hens and chickies keepsake box is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  13. I follow your blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  14. I follow Schar's blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  15. The "She Holds the Sun" painting is lovely and reminds me of the goodness of the Hawaiian Islands....

  16. I love Schar! This is a wonderful interview and I'm so happy to know more about her and her work. My favorite piece is definitely "The Edge of Moon and Earth". Just gorgeous!


  17. What a beautiful interview. I am such a fan of Schar's work. Two of my favorites are "Mango Mama" and "Pueo Dreams" and I have both of those magnets on my fridge and look at them every day!!

  18. The Edge of Moon and Earth is my favorite. Beautiful!!

  19. Schar's work is amazing and anyone who wins her collection of magnets is very lucky indeed! Mahalo to Felicia for the wonderful article!


  20. I love Menhune Magic Morning painting.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  21. I follow your blog.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  22. wow, what a great feature and blog!! i love schar's art, especially "lavender ocean" is so lovely and moody...i've known her thru etsy but it was wonderful to know so much more about her and the inspiration behind her work..thanx for that and the giveaway.

  23. She Holds the Sun is my favourite but have followed Schar on WWAO, Facebook & Etsy and love her interpretation of life on the Island. We loved Kauai when we were over many years ago-her work makes me want to go back. j

  24. Mahalo nui loa Felicia for this bright idea!!! It is wonderful to see all the comments regarding my artwork.

    Mahalo to all who have made comments and welcome to my new followers and FB friends!

  25. You deserve all those comments, Schar. Your work is stunning!

  26. I love Menehune Magic Morning, gorgeous colors
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  27. i follow your blog
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  28. facebook fan of another bright idea
    (cathy horner)
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  29. loving mango girl...just returned from hawaii, these make me miss it so much!

    jellen814 at live dot com


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