Colin Redican, a Hawaii-born artist, studied at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Although he has worked as a freelance artist on O’ahu since 1996, his commissions–both residential and corporate–have taken him to the U.S. mainland and abroad. Drawing, painting, and sculpture are the media that make up the core of his artistic background.
From the large-scale mural to the intimate portrait, Colin’s work is recognized for its quality irrespective of the project’s size. The most recent commission of Colin’s can be seen at the new Whole Foods in Kailua where he has done the large mural above the seafood department, a 3 panel mural near the coffee bar, the window graphics, as well as other design work throughout the store.
Best known for his bodysurfing skills—and oft referred to as the greatest bodysurfer of the modern era—retired North Shore lifeguard Mark Cunningham is now sharing his love of the sea through art. As a longtime Oahu resident, he’s spent decades in and around the ocean, but lately Cunningham has been flipping his fins to find interesting items under the sea and give them new life. Watches covered in barnacles, petrified goggles, calcified snorkels and the like become coveted art pieces.
Thanks to the support of his mentor John Koga, one of Hawaii’s most established artists, Cunningham’s art is reaching people in and outside of the surf community. He’s presented his art(ifacts) in New York City at Partners & Spade gallery, and Cunningham’s first show in Hawaii was in 2015 at the now defunct Kailua boutique Mu’umu’u Heaven and an exhibition at Mahina & Sun’s in July 2017.
A Kailua native, Callum specializes in oil on canvas. He is a soccer coach and father that is active in the community and enjoys spending time in the ocean fishing and playing spikeball on the beach.
As a child, David remembers copying favorite cartoon characters from comic books. Later, he explored sacred geometry, the grid, topology, fractals, confounding isometric interlacements and mystifying optical illusions. These steps marked the path of learning a new “alphabet”, a dramatic visual language with a special grammar and graphical syntax — Line… Shape… Form… Texture… Perspective… Composition… Scale… Motion… Space… and, ultimately, Meaning and Connection.
Along the way, add in the magic of Color, the nature of Light, the miracle of Perception…and Imagination. David’s creative evolution is fueled by the intersection of fine and graphic arts and includes video games, Vermeer, Vasarely, Van Gogh, Escher, Kafka, Kurasawa, Fellini, Fantasia, TRON, Matrix, Avatar, visual music, Hollywood, Hovhaness, Bartok, the Internet, kaleidoscopes, puzzles, mandalas, Second Life, Virtual Reality and Social Media.
Kristen Reyno – Lola Pilar
Kristen of Lola Pilar Hawaii received a B.A. in film from Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura. She cut her teeth a little further south as a staff photographer at a Surf company in Huntington Beach, California.
After moving home, and running her own photography business on Oʻahu, an obsession grew from traditional Hawaiian quilts. The local flora, fauna, and day to day life are all inspiration to each Hawaiian quilt print.
Steve Yuen, accomplished local architect at Group 70 International, creates three-dimensional graphic print work of iconic Hawaii scenes and influences designed to spark a viewer’s interest through depth, color, landscape and familiarity.
His art celebrates Hawaii in no simple terms. It is humble, underplayed, and expressive (like Steve) who by any standards is a perfectionist. His story begins with an interest in printmaking, art that by design is for everyone. He connects his very formal training in architecture and design at Harvard University, and a lifelong career of dreaming and bringing to life the context of development, buildings, open space, human experience, and place. He cares deeply about Hawaii and its culture and has an affinity for the ocean and its underwater scenes. His favorite past-time is exploring the reefs around the Hawaiian Islands with his family, specifically Molokai in the summers as a child and teen in the 60’s and 70’s. A main driver for Yuen and his approach, subject matter, and execution relate to that time spent. Today, Yuen is still an active diver taking in the sights and sounds of the Pacific.
Nicholas Bright is a Honolulu born, raised, and based sculptor. He studied studio art at Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, but the bulk of his knowledge has been informed through an apprentice and partnership with Kaili Chun that began in 2006.
His personal practice is based primarily in abstract wooden forms, using data and mathematics as the foundation structures to explore anthropological spaces. In collaboration and assisting Kaili Chun and other artists, I have explored a broader series of materials and forms while designing and producing larger installation art.
Sarah Caudle is a seascape artist who creates a visual escape to paradise for others to find a sense of peace, happiness, and aloha. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia with a background in design and sustainability, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she followed her dreams of being an artist and designer.
Inspired by the sea, she depicts the beauty of Hawaii’s beaches through dynamic colors, fluid movements, and organic compositions. Using acrylics and resin on wood panel, each original painting is completely unique and full of depth. As light reflects off the glassy surface of the resin, the complexities of the multi-layers are revealed, conveying a sense of wonder. She builds up each piece one layer at a time, carefully controlling the flow of the resin, while allowing it to settle on its own, emulating the movement of the ocean.
Ruth Sorensen was raised in the remote village of Dillinghmam Alaska. In 1998 she earned her Bachelor or Fine Arts in Painting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. Sorensen works in the medium of oil painting on canvas and panel, multi media sculpture and drawing, she has exhibited in Seattle, Alaska, Santa Fe and Hawaii and collaborated in 1% for the arts public works in AnchorageAlaska. Many of her works have been acquired by the Alaska State Museum permanent collection.
In 2011 Sorensen moved from Alaska to Hawaii, there she was invited to participate in a collaborative artist live/work space renovated in a historic landmark building in the heart of Chinatown in Honolulu.
In 2018 Sorensen opened KAILUA GALLERY featuring emerging and established artists working in original fine art painting sculpture and printmaking. Gallery space functions as an active open art making studio for classes, private parties, popup retail space and art exhibitions.
Phil Schlieder is a film director and photographer based in Honolulu Hawaii. He draws his inspiration for his art from the beauty of the natural world. His mission is to protect these places and spread a message of awareness around the threats they face.
Originally from Oregon, he has worked on legislation to ban plastic straws in the city of Portland, helped a state coalition establish 5 marine reserves off the coast, aided in the passing of the Oregon beach bill to make all beaches public, and helped organize the protests opposing offshore oil drilling. Though we live in daunting times, Phil believes in a bright future through innovation and adaptation of the human race.
Steven is a Pennsylvania native residing on the North Shore of Oahu. He is an artist and print maker. His inspiration comes from the process of creating his art and his love for the ocean. Kean holds a B.S. in Art Education from Temple University in Philadelphia and he is currently an art instructor for the Hawaii State Art Museum.
“I hope to elicit a reaction in those who have felt that symbiotic connection with the ocean, and at the same time provide access to those who maybe have not had that experience”. -Steven Kean
“I like to tell stories with my camera. I prefer to see the world through my lens. I’m drawn to landscapes filled will color and subjects that provoke emotion. Art and Photography are how I communicate, it’s my way of sharing with others how the world looks to me. I love sharing the beauty of my island home in the Pacific Ocean with the hope that my photos and Art will inspire others to fall in love with them and their inhabitants as well. People tend to protect what they love. I’m always in the ocean photographing green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, sharks and rays with the hope that others will see them with the same love and admiration that I have for them and their deep blue home. I have had a passion for landscape photography since I was able to hold a camera and creating art was always my escape from reality. I was always drawn to water color paint, I love the way it moves on the paper. I love how untamable and unpredictable it is, it reminds me of the ocean. Since discovering resin a whole new world has been opened to me. I now have a way to mix my two greatest passions and blend them in a unique way. I hope to inspire as many people as I can with my work and I look forward to all the amazing places it will take me.”
– Riana Espino
Mark Royer is a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology. He studies the ecology and physiology of sharks arounds Hawaiʻi. He uses his research to inform meaningful conservation decisions to conserve shark populations locally and across the globe. Mark uses photographs and videos to help scientists engage the public in marine conservation issues and the need for scientific research to address them. His goal is that his research work will continue to foster public interest in marine ecosystems and their inhabitants and promote awareness of current environmental issues that threaten their survival.
Molly is an admirer of intricate shapes and patterns created by the original artist, Evolution, in the realm under the blue blanket that surrounds us. For nearly 20 years she has been scuba-diving with the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program of NOAA fisheries, assessing and monitoring amazing spineless critters (marine invertebrates) across the Pacific Ocean. With more than 1000 days at sea and over 1500 scuba dives, she has had the fortune to observe some of the most pristine coral reefs on Earth but also some of the most human impacted reefs. My research focuses on the biodiversity of coral reef cryptofauna, hidden invertebrates within the reef, and on spatial distributions of the crown-of-thorns sea star. When she is not wearing her science hat, you’ll find Molly hiking, cycling, writing, reading fiction, singing show tunes, enjoying a Chimay, crushing it in cribbage, and daydreaming of Middle Earth.
Gabriella Zoë Sikorski
Gabriella Zoë Sikorski completed her Fine Arts degree in Montreal. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout Canada and featured in magazines. Some of her favorite pieces have been large-scale collaborations with a Canadian ballet company and an American Lobster Fest. Gabriella continues to evolve her artistic practice through mixed-media experimentation, creative collaboration, and professional development. As a new resident of Hawai’i, she is eager to create work capturing the raw beauty of nature and spirit of Aloha.
Peter Vanosdall shares his love of the outdoors through photography.
Born on the East Coast, he grew up in Okinawa, Japan, but didn’t start his photographic journey until after college while living in Southeast Asia for two years. During this time he was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Thai countryside and desired to share that with others.
Years later, he continues to pursue his goal of sharing the natural beauty of the world around us in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is inspired daily by the mountains and ocean surrounding the islands.
Peter can often be found exploring the coastline around Kailua at sunset, or roaming the ridges of the Ko’olaus. When not outside or behind the camera, Peter is a self-employed web marketer.
Local Kailua artist, Jenna Cook, has the ability to teach students of all ages. She instructs in many locations on the island for the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
She began Happy Canvas in 2011 to better serve the children in the local community who were interested in learning her painting techniques, but she welcomes adult groups to enjoy the experience as well.
Her access to beach front property makes outdoor painting a unique and beautiful experience that will keep you returning for more lessons.
Robbie Hill, instagram @robbiehillart, is a traditional studio oil painter who lives and works in Windward Oahu. Native of Kaneohe, Hi, Robbie went to school at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California, before returning home to capture the place and people of his youth. His colorful, intricate oil paintings evoke a sense of place and timelessness of the Hawaiian islands. Each piece is a unique commissioned work, built from the canvas and pigment up to the final work.
I am a first year graduate student in the Pelagic Fish Lab at UH’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. I study Sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) and their mating behavior. I recently graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. I have done internships at the esteemed Scripps Institution of Oceanography studying the critically endangered Nassau Grouper and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center studying exoplanets! I have always been interested in marine biology and astrophysics and I am lucky enough to be able to continue doing both at UH. At the Institute for Astronomy I assist remotely operating the Keck telescope on Maunakea in addition to my shark research for my master’s degree. I try to be as conscience as I can about single-use plastics, so you’ll probably see me with a metal straw and bamboo utensils. I also advocate against the shark finning industry, which kills an estimated 100 million sharks annually.” -Lauren Arnold
Our focus is the perpetuation of Papa He’e Nalu in it’s traditional form. An Alai’a is a finless wooden board used by the ancient Hawaiians to ride waves, which paved the way for modern day surfing. No fins, no foam, no fiberglass, just wood. The goal with every custom board is to craft the finest hand-planed performance-based traditional Hawaiian Alai’a wood surfboards. Hands down the most eco-friendly and sustainable way of making a surfboard. Visit www.KakahiakaWoodSurfboards.com
Stacey Garmshausen, a Laguna Beach, CA native turned Kailua resident,
was born into a long line of ocean enthusiasts. Her paternal grandparents
were pioneers of surfing in Orange County, CA. Her father was an
original staff member and 25 year veteran of SURFER Magazine. This
legacy of passionate ocean lovers is what inspired Stacey to create the
ADRIFT Collection by Stacey G.
A jewelry designer by trade, Stacey was attracted to the colorful pieces
of plastic in the sand on Kailua beaches. “Micro plastics” was a term she
had not heard of prior to living in Hawaii, nor was she aware of the
global scale of this environmental epidemic. Stacey began
experimenting with incorporating the plastic into her designs. This led to
the creation of ADRIFT, a collection by Stacey G Jewelry.
Since creating this collection, “doing her part” has extended far beyond
transforming trash into art. The goal is to help raise awareness so people
think twice before buying that bottle of water, plastic straw, or any
single-use plastic. She is excited to be working with local schools to
develop after-school art and jewelry making programs focused on
marine environmental awareness.
A portion of proceeds made by Adrift, by Stacey G Jewelry, will go to
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.