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Standing Tall

Artist: Jackie Johnston
Info: I enjoy taking photos of the birds at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui and used some of these as references for this painting. My favorite birds there are the endangered Hawaiian stilts with their long pink legs. The name of these endemic waterbirds in Hawaiian is a'eo which means "one standing tall." When I was working on the background and shadows for this piece I was definitely thinking about the gorgeous paintings of artist Wayne Thiebaud and his cakes with blue shadows on white backgrounds.
About: Original
Size: 18 inches x 18 inches
Media: acrylic on canvas
Location: In the office of Representative Mahina Poepoe at the Hawaii State Capitol as part of the Hawaii Art in Public Places Collection
2021 Mālama Wao Akua Juried by Chenta Laury & Kerri Fay, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Hawaii. (Juried group exhibit.) Won Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Recognition Award.
2023 Art at the Capitol Curated by elected officials, Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Curated group exhibit.)