ALOHA FROM JENNIE: Hawaii is an incredible environment for those rare individuals who have been blessed with artistic talent. One of our seniors has been drawing since she was about six years old, starting with horses as her subjects.
Her friends would want to keep her artwork, and others would ask her to do portraits of their pets as a special order. Now at age 63, our friend Julie is starting her second career doing the craft that she loves, and her artwork, including hand drawn cards, is being displayed in various local shops along the north shore of Oahu.
Julie is almost one half native Hawaiian and in her artwork, she is especially interested in capturing the various Hawaiian wildlife that is trying to remain in existence, in order to bring attention to their plight. One of her drawings depicts an Akialoa bird (first left drawing on top row). At the time she completed the piece, a few of these birds were still sighted on Kauai in 1993. Subsequently, they’ve disappeared due to an avian virus or destruction of their habitat.
Since then, Julie has been compelled to do more artwork on her native wildlife. She’s hoping that her work will bring you just a little bit of curiosity and appreciation for these beautiful creatures, which in turn will bring Julie “Ho’ohau’oli” (which means ‘to cause happiness’).
Emails to Julie via our CONTACT page will be forwarded to the artist.. More of Julie's vibrant creations are shown in our IMAGES gallery.