Prayer to Poli’ahu

Oil and Silver Leaf on Panel | 24″ x 30″ | 2015

 

Original is available for purchase.

 

 

Sometimes I carry an image or a vision of a painting around inside me for years before they are actually painted or birthed. I have come to respect this process and have learned that there is a right time to bring a painting to life.

I continue to be inspired by Hawaiian mythology. I have painted an interpretation of Pele in the past and loved working with her fire element. Two years ago I felt called to paint a balance to the fire and had a vision of a snow goddess. I wasn’t even sure if there was a Hawaiian Snow Goddess but I did my research and learned of Poli’ahu who is one of four snow goddesses. From what I have read Poli’ahu is said to live on Mauna Kea and is considered one of the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She is also Pele’s rival.

I began the painting process on the Poli’ahu painting in December of 2014. I was inspired by the winter solstice. In recent months while working on this painting I learned of the issue currently at hand to protect Mauna Kea from having yet another massive telescope constructed on her sacred slopes. I couldn’t help but feel struck in my heart at the timing and the connection to this painting….and that maybe she needed to be remembered and represented now to help inspire those that are fighting for her home. My paintings are my prayers and meditations. I feel she spoke to me now for a reason so here is what came through. This piece is meant to be a prayer to Poli’ahu to keep Mauna Kea and all the sacred Hawaiian summits protected. In the painting she is at peace, honoring the sky, the stars and through her she connects the land to the heavens as a reminder to us of this very delicate yet powerful balance.

To learn more about the protection of Hawaii’s sacred land I found this site very informative.

http://kahea.org/issues/sacred-summits

Inspired Surrender

Oil and Metal Leaf on Panel | 24″ x 30″ | 2014

Original Sold.

Limited Edition Giclee are available

“Inspired Surrender” is about surrendering to clarity, the creative process and being true to the visions that guide us.

In this painting the dancer with her lei represents Maui and the way this island supports us to find our creative expression. The spirit of creativity is being called upon from that place that is bigger then us. As it passes through her hands the creative force is changed into metal leaf, which symbolizes creative energy taking form.

Graceful Healer

Acrylic and Oil on Panel | 18″ x 24″ | 2014

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Graceful Healer is my interpretation of the healing intention that flows from us when we tap in to God, Great Spirit..the Beloved. Hula has so many rich layers of storytelling as well as a deep channel of prayer to the elements and to our hearts.

 

A Prayer For Our Brothers

Oil, Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Panel | 30″ x 30″ | 2013

The Original Painting is Sold

Limited Edition Embellished Prints are available

 

“Breath is sacred in part because it carries the words of the pule (prayer).” (Pukui, Haertig & Lee)

“A Prayer For Our Brothers” is about respect between all men, between brothers, sons and fathers, feeling the love of family, honoring the ancestors that stand behind us in time, remembering those that we have lost together and a shared prayer for the future of our families. In this painting a father and son embrace with strength and grace and a deep knowing is shared between them in this moment that they will support and love each other always. The silver leaf is meant to symbolize the Mana that flows from them, between them and around them as they share the sacred breath of life.

 

Mahalo to Ke’eaumoku Kapu and his son Kaulana Kapu for posing for this painting. Thank you for helping me bring this painting to life and trusting a total stranger with such a sacred expression.

 

Halo II

Oil, Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Panel | 18″ x 24″ | 2013

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She is regal, elegant, graceful and can express emotion in a gesture. She dances Hula and is a true story teller. I wanted to paint the feminine strength and beauty that has inspired me when I watch traditional Hula Dance. I have a great deal of respect for the art of dance and how it can be used to heal hearts, share history, teach us, honor Gods and Goddesses and connect a community.

A Wise Ear

Oil and Silver Leaf on Panel | 14″ x 14″ | 2013

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I was upcountry on Maui attending a blessing ceremony for a series of sculptures created by Tim Garcia when inspiration struck for this little painting. There was a beautiful Hula dance offering and this was one of the treasured moments of that day. This painting is about honoring our elders and the wisdom they carry. We should listen more often to those that have walked this earth longer. I am honored that this painting was chosen for the Hui No’eau 2013 Annual Juried Exhibition.