This original painting features the endangered Koloa. It is a uniquely distinct species, found no where else in the world but Hawaii. Balancing on its back is an ipu, a percussion instrument made of a gourd that is fundamental to hula and Hawaiian life. In the ipu is the iliahi, a Hawaiian sandalwood, that is also endangered. These beautiful parts of Hawaiian life are at a tipping point and this piece reflects my hope to save a part of them.
This is part of an ongoing series of paintings on round panels where, using the physical circular shape, I’m encapsulating precious, delicate lifeforms to keep them safe. I want to make a little bubble, a biosphere, for them to live in, protected from the outside world.
Oil on wood, 12” tondo with a .75” profile. A keyhole in the back makes hanging this piece simple with just a nail.