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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions



"Wild Lands" curated by Gina Tuzzi

online show sponsored by the Artis Alliance

Front Porch Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition 

The show runs August 9-September 26th 2020

Live music and hors d'oeuvres August 9th 12-2pm

2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

"Hawaii Nei 2020" Native Species Juried Show

The show runs November 6th-December 10th 2020

Opening reception November 6th at 5pm

"Reaching Out"

December 2020

Viewpoints Gallery 3620 Bldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui

more information to come

 August 9 – September 26, 2020

Selected Awards

Recognition and Purchase Award from The Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts 2019

Honorable Mention for "Little Bird in a Wild World," Hawaii Nei, Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii, November 2018

Honorable Mention  First Annual Art2Life Academy International Show, juried by Donna Seager, October, 2017

Recognition Award, Volcano Art Center, 2017

Second Place for "Wild Boar," Imagine Juried Show, Hilo, Hawaii, 2017

People's Choice Award for "Go with the Flow" Collaborative art exhibit, August, 2015

~ Honorable Mention 4th Biennial juried "Abstract Only" Exhibition,Wailoa Center, Hilo Hawaii, August, 2012

~ Honorable Mention Award, Hawai’i Nei Celebrating Native Species, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, August, 2011 

~ Third Place Award, E Komo Mai juried competition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii, November, 2010 

Honorable Mention, East Hawai’i Cultural Center Spring Arts Festival, Hilo, Hawaii, April, 2007 

~ Jurors Award, East Hawai’i Cultural Center Fall Arts Festival, Hilo, HI recognition by the State of Hawai’i,  2007 

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Selected Exhibition History

~ Front Porch Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Maria Mingalone, Carlsbad, California, August, 2020

~ "Through the Eyes of Artists 2020" Mural Project June, 2020

~ 10th Annual Maui Open Studios, 2020

~ Selected for "Portals," Firehouse Gallery, Waimea, Hawaii April, 2019

~ Selected for Hawaii Nei, Wailoa Center Hilo, Hawaii, November, 2018

~ Chosen for the First Annual International Art2Life Academy Show, 2018

~ Invitational to the Birds of the Park Invitational Exhibit, Volcano Art Center, Volcano Hawaii, 2018

~ Midsummer Art Celebration, Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii, 2018


~ Selected for Juried Art Show, Volcano Art Center, 2017

~ "Imagine" Juried Show, Hilo, Hawaii, 2017


~ Selected for the first Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Juried Invitational Show, "Through Artist's Eyes," April, 2015


~ Chosen for Hawaii Nei, juried art competition, Walioa Center, Hawaii, 2014 

~ 4th Biennial juried "Abstract Only" Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hilo Hawaii, August, 2012

~ Selected for Calvin College Alumni Juried Painting Exhibition, Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012

~ Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s 100th Anniversary juried show, January,EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii, 2012

~ Hawai’i Nei Celebrating Native Species, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, August, 2011 

~ "E Komo Mai" juried competition, Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii, November, 2010 

~ East Hawai’i Cultural Center Spring Arts Festival, Hilo, Hawaii, April, 2007 



Published in the December 2019 issue of Still Points Quarterly, "Phenomenol Women."

Published in Cloudsong, a collaborative music and art show inspired by clouds, 2016

Current Gallery Representation:

~ Represented by Banyan Gallery, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720 


~ Represented by One Gallery, 186 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720




~ CVP Creative Visionary Program, Nicholas Wilton, 2017

BFA Calvin College, 1994



For 98 years only boys were born in the Taylor family until I broke tradition and entered the scene in the 1970's near Detroit, Michigan. Lila Taylor, my only female predecessor, had been an artist and art professor. My dad gave me a set of primary oil colors and taught me how to mix all the colors, just as he had learned from her.  

I was co-chair of the Visual Arts Guild at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I graduated magna cum laude and earned a BFA in 1994. My favorite part of that experience was working in the Center Art Gallery. I learned how to hang and light work, was charge of cataloging the College's permanent collection of art, and also possessed the ultimate job of setting out crackers and wine for openings. I still love the celebratory and communal aspects of art shows.

I lived in Vancouver, Canada, followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan, then took a leap and moved to Hawaii Island in 2006. My husband is an immigrant from South Korea, and we found the multicultural aspects of the islands suited him, and the rural, wild beauty spoke to me. We also moved to support my health from longstanding chronic pain and fatigue exacerbated by cold weather. I homeschooled my 2 children through high school, started a farm, raised flocks of chickens, but always kept a hand in art making. 


Because of my interest in patina I prefer working on wood panels with acrylic paint, collage, and other elements that can be distressed. I have an enduring desire to showcase the diverse and unique aspects of Hawaii as well as an interest in imaginative abstract work. 


My favorite philosopher, Simone Weil said, "Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love." I think one's attention is the best gift you can give to other people, and it is what I have lavishly applied to my work. Each one of my paintings is like a small prayer, created in faith, offered in love. 

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