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This is an encaustic work that I finished a while ago. I was honored to have it accepted into the WAG Juried Show in May. I just got it back from being scanned and now have a beautiful image of the work. Encaustics have been around for 4000 yrs and have lasted unbelievably through the years, but due to the nature of the beeswax used in the process, it can be damaged if exposed to temperature above 150F (i.e. inside a hot car, if your home gets that hot , you probably have bigger problems than the painting.)

Kanaloa and Pele - Pati O'Neal

I created this piece to take advantage of the properties of the medium and to get really into the spirit working with the heat and trying to capture it within the work. The different textures in the painting educes the energy of the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, Pele, meeting the Hawaiian god of the ocean/underworld, Kanaloa, as molten lava flows into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The original is 18″h x 36″w on a cradled panel. Limited edition giclĂ©es on heavy archival rag paper and open edition matted mini-prints are available through my website at www.pationeal.com.

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The title of this piece is Hawaiian and translates to “crazy nehu”. Nehu is the type of tidal pool fish in the painting. This work is another of my “scaintings”, a sculptural painting. I wanted to capture the liveliness and undulation that goes on in the tidal pools here in Hawai’i. It is oil on canvases mounted together, 23.5″ x 35.5″. It was included in the Windward Artist Guild’s 2010 juried show.

Nehu Pupule - Pati O'Neal

Kahana Bay Splendor - Pati O'Neal

One of my earliest memories is of going to the beach at Kahana Bay. Located on the east side or windward side of Oahu, this beach has sugary fine sand with gently lapping waves, a perfect choice for small children. The beach park has lots of shade from Ironwood and Hau trees making it also a great choice for picnicking and camping. There is a hiking trail across the road on the mountain side that leads into Kahana Valley. The view across the bay is the subject of this recent painting called Kahana Bay Splendor. It is 18″h x 36″w oil on canvas.