Put more aloha in your life
Some of my clients
"...it honestly took our breath away. Our family of four stood there with HUGE smiles on our faces. It's stunning and we're so happy that it will have a permanent place in our home. Thank you!!"
-Alli Polin, Australia
"Jan’s artwork is beautiful, was packaged well for shipping and arrived in great time. Thanks!"
-Art Thomas, United States
"Simply put, Jan's art is amazing. Fresh, bright and happy-my favorite style."
-Leanne Hong, Hawaii
Aloha & Welcome!
Imagine yourself surrounded by beauty and inspiration to enrich your life every day. Let each piece of artwork help to create the aesthetic you have worked so hard for and desire. I look forward to helping you to put more aloha in your life. My artwork is featured in luxury homes domestically and internationally including Japan, Australia, London, Russia, Switzerland & Dubai.
What I do
I am a contemporary painter, instructor & muralist working out of Kapolei, O'ahu, Hawaii. The focus of my recent paintings is mainly coastal themes and abstract art. I enjoy working with acrylic paints, pigments and resin. I also paint live in the lobby, exhibit my work & host painting workshops at Four Seasons Resort O'ahu. For more information, click here.
How to shop for artwork online
All you need to do is click on 'Buy Original Art' or 'Buy Art Prints' at the top right of this page, 2) select a piece, 3) pay securely online and it will be packaged & shipped to you with the tracking information.
How to commission a custom piece
Please feel free to make an appointment if you would like to discuss commissioning a custom art piece via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 808-398-5266.
Where to buy original artwork locally
Exhibit at Four Seasons Resort O'ahu (most Saturdays)
Painting in the lobby at Four Seasons Resort O'ahu
Coastal Art & Abstract Art for Luxury Homes & Businesses
It's those little details that can create a beautiful interior design. It's about personalizing a living space to making it uniquely yours. These unique pieces of original artwork can help to accentuate the elegance of your beach home or business while bringing in the beauty of the coastal living lifestyle.
When you own a piece of my work, you have a little part of me and the aloha spirit that was put into the painting. Feel free to take a moment to see my work or contact me about creating something personalized just for you. I look forward to hearing from you.
One of the few Hawaiian artists that use resin in her artwork to create layers of dimension
I enjoy working with resin although it can be a wild beast due to its stickiness (its similar to the consistency of honey) and the limited time frame before it hardens. I feel I have become familiar with the characteristics that we can have fun dancing with each other and appreciate each of our contributions, although you never know what can happen.
My process with creating art with resin
Most of my recent pieces have been conceived while at the beach which is my happy place. It has always been a place of harmony, tranquility, and joy. I normally don't sketch things out and just go straight into the painting. I enjoy the freedom of allowing the medium to contribute to the work especially with my abstract work.
When preparing for a piece with resin, the naked wood panel is gessoed. What is gesso? That is the primer to adhere the paint to the piece. Next I tape the back side of the board to assist in removing drips from the resin that occurred while it was napping. Careful cleaning of the room is done prior to pouring the resin.
The next part is when the fun for me really begins. Cue the music (literally, I have music playing in the background). I could either start with an under layer or layers of paint or go straight to resin. Painting strokes with a brush or with my hand. The possibilities are endless.
When it's time to pour the resin, I put on a mask to avoid inhaling the smell and any butane that may come from my torch. Pigments from the mica rock shimmer as they cascade into cups. Acrylic paints wait expectantly in their cups for their turn in the dance. I pull on my rubber gloves and I begin to mix the resin with the hardener. A chemical reaction occurs to activate the resin to begin the hardening process.
I glance at the clock or set a timer to see what time it is so I know when the resin will start to harden. This can be tricky living in Hawaii as heat will cause the resin to harden quicker so I'll try to cool the room prior if its a really hot day. Or, I'll work on it in the morning when it's cooler.
The resin & I dance along with pouring, moving, reacting, mixing. Pausing, pouring moving, mixing, reacting. We get lost in the moment. Wow! A pleasant unexpected surprise occurs. Another one. We continue on. I don't want to stop. Feelings of joy overwhelm me. I'm feeling out of control and yet feeling free at the same time. The song comes to an end. We step apart.
I'll use a torch to get rid of any sweaty bubbles that have occurred from all that dancing. By this time, I'm most likely dripping in sweat. The flame from the torch dissipates. Mask is removed. Gloves are taken off. It's time to cool down for a refreshing drink of iced green tea with honey.
The artwork yawns and is ready for a nap, not to be disturbed it for at least three days.
After the three or so days, the resin layer is sanded to prepare for the next layer and repeat the same process. When our final time of dancing has come to an end the tape from the back is removed. The artwork is ready to be photographed and make its debut into the world.
The resin I use has been certified by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). It conforms to ASTM meaning no component of its make-up was found to be harmful, hazardous, toxic or dangerous. Typically resin has the tendency to yellow over time as it is exposed to ultra violet rays. This resin not only contains a UV stabilizer, it also contains Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS) which hinders yellowing the yellowing process at the outset, making it harder for yellowing to occur. This is beneficial to the owner of my artwork as it preserves your artwork for longterm and it preserves your health by not emitting toxic fumes.
The camera cannot capture all the beautiful textures, depths, layers and details that come from the work and the artwork is best to be seen in person. I like the finish of resin because it reminds me of the ocean, surfing and it adds a nice finish luxurious glossy finish to the work. Someone once told me 'it looks like jewelry, but on your wall.'