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On the Kona Side
In private collection, Rancho Mirage, California
36 x 36 Original watercolor on paper
The stark contrasts of lush tropical foliage juxtaposed against miles of rigid black lava flows make the žKona SideÓ of the big island one of my favorite places on the planet. One of the resorts I visited had such an amazing landscape design with huge assortment of multi-colored hibiscus, that I just had to paint them. In žOn the Kona SideÓ I wanted to capture the intense richness of Hawaii by condensing a bouquet of hibiscus into an over-sized, perfectly square design. This painting became the flagship of the whole garden series, and remains one of my favorites.