Hawaii Artist Creates Paintings with the Spirit of Aloha
Aloha & Welcome!
Hawaii artist Jan Tetsutani loves to paint! She creates abstract art and coastal themed paintings that express the joy of life and living in Hawaii. Many of her works are representational, however, she paints abstract art when it comes to unseen or emotional subjects. Sometimes she likes to mix the two together. Her favorite mediums to work with are acrylics, mica, resin & watercolor. Her paintings are featured in some of the most beautiful luxury homes around the world. If you are looking for Hawaiian art for your home or desiring to take one of her painting classes, you have come to the right place!
"...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
Create your oasis with these aloha-filled art paintings
Life can get hectic, but your home is your sanctuary. Create your own personal haven to relax, play, entertain & create memories of a lifetime with these beautiful pieces of artwork. Adding artwork to your home decor can help to uplift and add some personality to your home. Let me help you to create a warm and inviting environment for you.
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 uses 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 its characteristics that we have fun dancing with each other and appreciate each of our contributions, although you never know what can happen.
My process with artwork containing 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 its 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 rock like mica 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.
We dance along 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 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.
"Simply put, Jan's art is amazing. Fresh, bright and happy-my favorite style." - Leanne Hong, Hawaii
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