Betty Hay Freeland’s perception of Hawaii is unlike that of any other artist. She began her painting career on location and continues to paint in plein air. Betty Hay spends considerable time exploring all of the Hawaiian Islands. She is Hawaiian/Caucasian with a notable Hawaiian ancestry. Many collectors feel that special insights and emotions experienced in viewing her art are due to this Hawaiian heritage and her passion for Hawaii. Her paintings bear a sensitivity that comes from her uninhibited familiarity with the land. Many of her works provide an archetypal view of the “untouched Hawaii.” Her gift is not so much with realistic portrayal, as with feeling and intrinsic qualities. It is said that her value as a chronicler of passing eras will be inestimable.
Born in Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawaii, she graduated from Punahou School, attended the University of Colorado, and continued studies in New York City. She presently lives on Maui.
Betty Hay began exhibiting her work on Oahu and Maui in 1969. Her first solo exhibit was in 1975. Over the years Betty Hay has gained many accomplishments in her painting career.
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