Andrea Pro’s focus on Hawaiian native species started with her fascination for depicting the form and textures of plants, as she learned to create multiple-block woodcut prints. She then began volunteering with conservation organizations and came to understand that Hawaii is unofficially known as the endangered species capitol of the world. When she grasped the scale of extinction occurring and the predictions for the future, she felt devastated.
Printmaker, Andrea Pro
A strong desire to “malama,” the Hawaiian word for help, began to take root in her soul. As she planted trees and collected seeds, she listened to biologists, ornithologists and entomologists share what they know. Her work documents the beauty of Hawaii’s native environment as it is today, along with creative visualizations for it abundant return.
“My art is really about conveying the essence of Hawaii that often goes unnoticed,” shares Andrea Pro. “Amid the bright plumeria, ginger and plethora of imported plants, the more modest ‘ohi’a, wiliwili, koa and ilima don’t always command admiration. Native birds, like the ‘i’iwi and apapane are often out of sight in their shrinking territories higher on the mountain, and hence, out of mind. It’s my passion and job description to notice, learn and share about these important species. I hope to do that in a way that’s fun and inspiring for you.”
At Henderson Design Group
Artist, Betty Hay Freeland
A master of plein air painting, Betty Hay Freeland captures the dramatic beauty of Hawaii in her work. Witnessing the evolution of the Islands from her days as a child in Kohala, to her years on Oahu and Maui, Betty Hay has a gift for imagining and portraying images of “old Hawaii” before the arrival of man.
Working in oils, she often starts with brushwork for the background before building up the foreground with a palette knife. The impasto in her work added to the rich colors and textures she uses to capture the light and life of the landscape.
Viewing Betty Hay’s works, you will feel a magic that shifts as you approach each piece. From a distance, Hawaii’s grand landscapes are perfectly embodied on the canvas, and as you explore them up close, you’re met with subtleties in color and texture—all the tiny decisions that create each remarkable work of art.
“I have explored so many spectacular coastlines, valleys, mountains, and parts of Hawaii that are now changed and developed. Documenting Hawaii in this way has provided me a joy-filled life,” says Betty Hay, whose work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.