I make my home on the slope of Hualalai Mountain on a lovely five-acre coffee and macadamia nut farm in Kahalu`u, Kona on the island of Hawai`i. My primary inspiration and focus is bringing awareness to the life of beautiful Hawai`i nei through my art. I volunteer with conservation organizations planting native trees and collecting seeds. By hiking and working in the forests I learn about our native birds, insects, plants and ecosystems. The generosity of botanists and conservation leaders helps me convey the essence of our beloved species and the relationships within their native habitats. I enjoy organizing and participating in art exhibitions that generate funds to for conservation efforts.
Once I do the research, next it’s all about inspiration. I follow the thread of an idea in a search to understand what it is that intrigues me. I may have a sense that an idea is not really about `Ohi`a, but more about the relationship between the tree and its environment. This begins a journey of dreams, unexpected insights and dawning clarity as the image unfolds.
After this magical creative process I enter into the very structured and earthy process that is woodcut printmaking. Unlocking the mysteries embedded in the grain of wood, making marks with chisels and grappling with the puzzle of the image reversing when transferred from wood to paper satisfies my intellect, soul and hands in a joyful way. My prints are made one at a time by hand and are printed on beautiful archival papers in very limited editions.
Here is a short video where Andrea explains her technique Enjoy!