"Lanikai Sunrise"- A New Release

Beach Hawaii Landscapes Lanikai Oahu original painting painting

Imagine turquoise water, balmy sea breezes and a picturesque beach with sand as fine as sugar...and you can feel what it is like to stand on the shores of the famed Lanikai Beach. Lanikai is a beautiful area, and one I remember fondly from my childhood when my grandparents had a house overlooking the iconic Mokulua Islands. Because of my affinity for this place, when I was asked to paint a Lanikai beach scene I was excited to begin. It is always interesting to work within the bounds of what a client requests. I find it a particular challenge to...

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Painting Process: "North Shore Surf Day"

original painting painting surfart

  Have you ever spent the day on one of Hawaii's beautiful beaches? If so, then you know exactly how it feels to enjoy the warm, tropical sun, cool trade winds, and brilliant blue waters. Near the ocean is my favorite place to be, and to me it's even better if I am surfing. In my acrylic on canvas commission, "North Shore Surf Day," I wanted to capture the feeling of spending time relaxing and playing at the beach on a bright, sunny Hawaiian day.  This large 20"x60" commissioned piece was based off of another original I painted called "North Shore." I...

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Hawaii Inspiration

It's another beautiful winter day in Hawaii! As I write this, I can't help but smile knowing that it is February and outside the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and a refreshing tropical breeze is blowing. We have had so much rain this season, that many of the drier areas like Diamond Head are lush with greenery.  People often ask me what inspires me to create artwork. The main source of my inspiration is from nature, and there is no shortage of natural beauty in these islands. If you have ever visited Hawaii or live here, then you...

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Art & Music Intertwining! My Collaboration with Anuhea

I'm so excited to share with you the details of my recent collaboration with a talented contemporary singer/songwriter from Hawaii, Anuhea. This summer Anuhea commissioned me to create an original piece of artwork for the cover of her newest live album, "Butterflies." Although there was a tight deadline to meet, I jumped at the chance...not only because I love her music, but because this was an opportunity that also had some personal meaning for me... Anuhea's Album "Butterflies" with Cover Art by Colleen Wilcox About 5 years ago when I was waitressing in Waikiki, Anuhea would come to Tiki's where...

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