Carmen Gardner, Maui Artist Art Tours Workshops Classes
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Our Next Adventure!

Italy 2024 Le Marche!

October 22-27, 2024

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Locals say, “Le Marche is a place that’s undiscovered for Americans.  It’s a little gem off the classic tourist route where agriculture, artisanship and local life are in perfect rhythm.”


A land of endless vineyards, green rolling hills, picturesque medieval towns, natural parks and home to the UNESCO Renaissance city of Urbino, Le Marche Italy is an Italian region you'll want to add to your Italy bucket list immediately . . . Home to exquisite food and wine, and some incredibly stunning vistas, don't miss Le Marche!


The magic and inspiration that is Italy  in the fall will come to life in the enchanting area of Le Marche.  Painting participants will learn a variety of techniques in both water color and/or oil as we explore the infinite possibilities for creative expression.


A serene setting, glorious vistas, delightful folks and a long and interesting history will guide us through our unforgettable adventure as we visit local hill towns ( including a trip to Assisi), forage for truffles, experience the National Truffle Festival . . .  we'll also sample incredible wines, enjoy a cooking class, snap numerous reference photos, and form new friendships.


In the Le Marche studio (should you wish to paint) you’ll be encouraged to portray what you love as your instructor guides you and assists you through any “rough spots,” OR you can follow along with step-by-step, if you choose (all levels)  . . . paint plein aire or even just take reference photos to use at home in your studio!


Fall in love with Le Marche as we discover why so many artists both past and present return time and again for inspiration and ambience.  

This workshop will be taught by award-winning artist, Carmen Gardner.
Our painting days will be combined with other adventures such as:
    •    Day trips to incredible and historic sites, take photos, explore and shop
    •    Variety of plein air locations to paint landscapes, villages, and the Tuscan light
    •    A cooking class of Italian cuisine with a local chef


After excursions we’ll return each evening to relax in our country manor to enjoy a glass of wine and an informal critique of the day’s work or Q & A discussions that include history of the area, art and culture. Then we will move to a local restaurant recapping the day’s adventure with good company.  The folks at Italiana Tours are known for hosting firsts class workshops filled with memorable experiences for everyone, painter or non-painter, JOIN US!


  • Private transfer to and from Bologna, BLQ airport (*see time stipulations)

  • 6 night accommodation with breakfast at the charming B&B all bedrooms ensuite (NO supplement for single)

  • 6 dinners - 5 lunches beverage included

  • Opportunities to meet local artists and artisan

  • Private truffle hunt

  • Private cooking class at Mulino della Ricavata + wine tasting

  • Entrance to the church of the Dead

  • Private trip to Assisi

  • Private transfer to the National White Truffle Festival

  • All activities for “non painters” included in the itinerary

  • Exclusive week-long class with Carmen Gardner

  • Week-long private guide with Certified International Sommelier

Parco Ducale . . . the magnificent villa where we will stay

Book Now to save your spot!

Terms and Conditions, including our refund policy, are located on the Book Your Tour page.

Join Me in Tuscany This  Fall

October 8-15, 2022

***POSTPONED*** (details when available)

SPAIN May 2022 Workshop, tour . . . Painting, art museums, small villages, towns, cooking class, music, history SPAIN!!! 



May 3-13, 2022


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Email me for inquiries as we are in the planning stages and will keep this to a small group

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June 8-15 2019 !!!

REGISTER TODAY!  Don't miss your chance to enjoy this unforgettable experience!


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Borgo San Fedele, our venue in Chianti

 Non painters welcome!


Just $2795 per person includes pick up in Florence, most meals (full breakfast each day and gourmet dinners with wine, transportation to excursions and more!


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••••• "Chiiko" Art Maui Image Award 2009 •••••

 "It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet."  ~Kojiro Tomita

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."  ~Georgia O'Keeffe

When folks ask me why I paint, I've wondered myself at the answer . . . what should I say?  Because it brings me joy?  Because I want to share that joy with others?  The answer comes to me every time I pick up a brush.  Every time I mix a color or watch pigment mingle on the canvas . . . I realize then, it is about the process.

For me, the deeper meaning in what I paint, lies in my passion to preserve the Maui I discovered when I came "home" in 1981.  The greens are greener here, the ocean bluer, the skies full of drama and light . . . but the true Maui is in the kama'aina, the kupuna who are leaving us.  They are the spirit behind the word "aloha," they are teaching me to see.  I hope to continue learning to view Maui not only through the eyes of an artist, but through the aging eyes of her beautiful people, and that I may one day come close to adequately saying with color and shapes that which I have "no words for."

E komo mai.

I hope you will get a positive impression of my artwork and maybe even take some home with you.

Call me to make an appointment to stop by my Haiku, Maui studio - visitors are always welcome!

With fond aloha,


Carmen is interviewed by Bill Best

at her Haiku, Maui studio


Mary Whyte on Maui


Watercolor Portrait & Figure
March 27-28, 2015

C. Gardner Studios,

Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
For 12 students of all levels


(includes snacks and model fees)
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Join Carmen for one of her popular watercolor workshops!

"Lily Dance" Transparent Watercolor Available for Purchase at Hana Coast Gallery



"Fabulous Florals"

Discover the magic of the underpainting and creating luminous florals in this fun, two-day workshop! Carmen will provide indepth coverage of color relationships, modeling for form and value, glazing, and more! Participants will learn the basic essentials required to plan and execute a piece filled with intensity and light.


Materials List for Carmen's Workshops
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Suggested Paint List
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Check out the Daniel Smith Blog!  Carmen's one of the winners of their 11th Annual National Art Competition!


Daniel Smith Blog, Carmen Gardner


"Bubba" Transparent Watercolor

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"Kalawao Blues" Oil on canvas 18X24" Available for Purchase

Carmen is proud to have her painting "Kalawao Blues" 











Choose from several art quality images of Carmen's work.  Order hassle free with PayPal.













Are you looking for a great piece of artwork for your home or work place? This online gallery presents you with an overview of  Carmen's artwork, and you can also contact her directly. We're sure you'll find something that suits your taste and artistic needs... if not, commissions are gladly accepted.




Art … in View

March 15, 2012
The Maui News

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao will unveil new works by five Hawaii artists during an exhibition opening this week and continuing through April 19.

Meet the artists - painters Joseph Fletcher, Michael Clements and Carmen Gardner, and sculptors Jazz Glickenhaus and Vince Hogan - during the opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday.

Fletcher "honors the moment and dedicates the craft to recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner"; Clements catches "light and color in its constantly changing states"; Gardner's "watercolor celebration of Maui is a luminious tribute to the people, special moments and natural beauty"; Glickenhaus focuses on "abstract and realism, finding a point in the middle where these two styles can come together"; and Hogan, who has been turning Maui hardwoods for decades, creates "spectacular traditional and contemporary pieces," according to a gallery release.

Viewpoints is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. For details, call the gallery at 572-5979.

"Waianapanapa White"

February 2012 issue of

Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine! 


Carmen's painting of Kumu Hula, Hokulani Holt, is featured on page 39!



"Na wiliwili o ka aina"

Malama Wao Akua Juried Exhibition 2011


Carmen is proud to have two works accepted into this year's juried show at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao . . . now thru December 2, 2011.  Don't miss this exceptional exhibition.  A partnership with East Maui Watershed, partial proceeds to benefit and protect our native species . . .







Read the article, pubished in the Daniel Smith catalog . . . "The Four Basic Watercolor Washes"


by Carmen Gardner



"Maui Christmas" holiday cards


Blank inside so you can personalize your greeting

5.5" X 8/5"


Say "Mele Kalikimaka" with an "island flair!"  Click here





Carmen's life is all about art. Learn about her career and artistic accomplishments.






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Do you want to know more about Carmen's work?

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or give her a call at 808 357-1237.



Carmen Gardner Studio

Carmen Gardner

Watercolor Artist
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708




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You can take a look at current work on exhibit. It's free, so please stop by  Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, Hana Coast Gallery at the Hotel Hana Maui and Maui Hands Shops of Wailea and Makawao

Also, commissions and lessons by appointment with Carmen, contact the artist for a consultation. 

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E komo mai . . .  Welcome to Carmen's online gallery and brand-new website!  We hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will return often.

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I use Daniel Smith fine quality watercolors and oils, M Graham, and Winsor and Newton  and highly recommend them to my students!


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