Welcome to my gallery.  I hope you will see yourself, your loved ones, your ancestors, and your world in these portraits of pleasure, prayer, and peaceful power.

As a classical figure artist, I paint the human form defined by the touch of light and shadow. Using luminous tropical color and bold impressionist brushstroke, my aim is to give expression to the human soul in its natural state of being: relaxation, strength, belonging, and freedom. 

This mundane moment is a sacred moment.  My subjects are both real people and timeless archetypes.  I paint a hula dancer as a priestess greeting the sunrise, a female canoe paddler as the first Polynesian navigator, my daughters as mermaids, or a couple napping on the beach as the gods whose lovemaking created the world.

isa Maria 


New Works

The Hawaiian goddess of fire is called

Pele Honuamea:  She who shapes the sacred land.

Ka Wahine ai Honua:  the Woman who devours the earth.

Pele:  bringer of death, giver of life.  She is the unstoppable rapture of Nature and the wild soul of you and me.  Feeling everything and fearing nothing, she doesn’t hold back, and cannot be controlled or contained.

Pele does not aim to please.  She is transformative, not nurturing. She can wait a hundred years, or erupt right now.  Unpredictable, messy, passionate, and emotional, Pele rages and  revels. In her wake the new, living, fertile earth is born.

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