We all go through challenging times in life, yet art has the power to help us heal. Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides suffered the unexpected loss of her husband in January. He was larger than life, full of spirit and encouragement—though he was always encouraging her to paint fish.
Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides
“Everyone loves fish. You do it so well. You should paint more fish!” he’d say.
She resisted, spending time focusing on mastering the beauty and movement of water in her Immersed Series. Now, after a summer full of commissions recreating past works, and healing through the process, she felt the joy of painting again.
A new idea bubbled up.
Her Larger Than Life series was inspired by her husband and is intended to be a celebration of the contribution people make in each others lives. We all have our individual gifts, but we’re better together. The pieces in her series can stand alone, or be “schooled” together. You can feel the joy and healing in each piece. And we know George would be smiling!
At Henderson Design Group
Photographer, Cathy Shine
Cathy Shine began documenting Hawaii with film and her 100-year-old Leica camera more than 35 years ago. She has captured locations that no longer exist like Queen’s Bath, Green Lake, and Kona Village. She’s documented farmers’ love of the land for Merriman’s Restaurant, ventured behind the scenes at festivals, and continues to capture images that speak to our hearts.
“Since 1977, photography has been my passion. It allows me to convey my thoughts through images rather than words, and gave me the freedom to support my family,” shares Cathy. “Until the invention of digital cameras, film was a photographer’s only option. For me, the option hasn’t changed. My finished product is hand-prepared, produced in a darkroom, and not influenced by the digital age. Photography is an art that stops time and captures history.”
Now, her original darkroom processed images, are available as enlargements on canvas–allowing for grand works that speak to a deep love of Hawaii.