Collection of Recent Works
in Watercolor and Pastel
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As evidenced by her statement for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Recognition Award for "Roselda," Carmen is inspired by the
spirit of the islands:
"I wanted to capture a moment that reflected the true spirit of 'aloha.' I attempted to depict the concept that aloha isn’t a 'thing', but rather, the people who live it.
As I watched Roselda and the other ladies working, their deft fingers flying, I realized that lei aren’t made by machines . . . flowers aren’t grown and carefully picked by machines . . . aloha isn’t mechanical, or some commercial concept . . . it is a spirit, inherent in those fingers, those flowers, these people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Visitors, or even many residents, for that matter, don’t see them.
I wondered how many of us even pause to recognize the artistic spirit inherent in someone’s agile hands gently placing each flower on a string so that I, and others can enjoy the lei and all it signifies. I marveled at the lei itself, and at the time and people it takes to make only one . . .
Even though the flowers wilt, the meaning endures. I suddenly felt honored to be welcome among the 'lei ladies' and to be able to capture a moment reflecting the true spirit of aloha."
Carmen’s passion lies in depicting the “essence” of Maui, the truth and beauty that is the reality of the islands.
As a 32 year resident of Haiku, Maui, Carmen’s art is an “almost kama’aina’s” reflection on the “island way of life.” She invites you to share in the experience . . .
Many of the works seen in the online gallery may be available for sale.
Carmen can also paint according to your specifications. She can create individual artworks for your home or workplace.
Have a look around and maybe you will find something that fits your taste and, if not, Carmen will gladly accept your commission for a custom piece.
Do you want to know more about Carmen's work?
or give her a call at 808 357-1237.
Carmen Gardner Studio
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708
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See Carmen's work (free!)
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 Hui No'eau Gallery Shop on Baldwin Avenue.
Also, commissions and lessons by appointment with Carmen, contact the artist for a consultation.
Call or email: MauiArtist@CarmenGardner.net
Carmen Gardner, Maui Online!
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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