…you can’t take Hawaii out of the girl.
Sue Roach lived in Hawaii for 20 years, leaving for life on the Mainland in 2011. But Hawaii is so deeply embedded in her heart that island subjects just keep flowing out of her watercolor brushes.
Now her lovely local-style paintings can be found on tote bags and throw pillows, sold on a website: http://www.fineartamerica.com/
“The Air Force brought me to Hawaii in 1991, and I retired in 1997. Eventually we moved to Kaneohe, and stayed until 2011 (20 years!)” she wrote in an email from her camping site in Bryce Canyon, Utah.
Like many of our artist friends, Sue didn’t start painting seriously until she retired. Her first art classes were with Mary Mench at Kalaheo High School in 2001. She fell in love with watercolor and went on to classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art School with such excellent teachers as Roger Whitlock.
Sue joined the Windward Wanderers, and “That was a turning point in my art, learning plein air painting, joining the Hawaii Watercolor Society and taking workshops with nationally known artists…. The more I painted, the more I wanted to paint MORE. Then I sold a painting, such a thrill for a beginning artist. Then I entered some shows and won some awards.” In a word, she was hooked.
You can see some of Sue’s most popular paintings on her website at http://kukana.homestead.com/index.html
In 2011, Sue and her husband moved to Las Vegas to be closer to family. She joined the Nevada Watercolor Society and started her own plein air painting group. It was a Nevada artist friend who turned her on to the www.fineartamerica website where she learned they can put your art on throw pillows, tote bags, duvet covers and even phone cases.
“I looked through my more popular pieces and found some lent themselves very well to the tote bags and throw pillows,” Sue explained. “Since many of my pieces are tropical flowers, I thought they would be stunning decor accents for Hawaii residents or other tropical/coastal areas.”
Sue recently learned from one of her customers that there is a website called http://wwwbucketfeet.com/ which allows artists to submit their art to be used on the site’s canvas shoes.
Wouldn’t that be a kick?
– Paula Rath