Kathy Long

Kathy Long’s pastels and black-and-white drawings of the people and culture of Hawai‘i are seen as some of the most accurate and sensitive contemporary works available today. She captures the essence of Hawai‘i so well, that the Hawai‘i Visitor Bureau and Hawaiian Airlines have used her paintings and drawings to promote Hawaii as a cultural destination. Daughter of the well-known artist, Mary Koski, Kathy lived in Hilo as a child and traveled widely with her parents before settling down to study Fine Arts. After graduating from one of the oldest schools for the Arts in Scandinavia, she had her debut in the prestigious Waino Aaltonen Museum in Finland. This was the beginning of a series of thirteen one-woman shows throughout Europe over the next several years.

In 1979, Kathy and her husband, Bertil, an art historian, moved to the United States to open a gallery in Houston, Texas. The gallery handled works by her mother and herself as well as notable names such as Henry Moore, Robert Vickery, and two dozen other internationally respected artists.

In 1982, Kathy and her family settled in Waimea, where her husband became the curator for Parker Ranch for 13 years. Combining her interest in cultural anthropology and art, Kathy began to record the renaissance of the Hawaiian culture and is now considered one of the best interpreters of the revival. She has been the winner of purchase awards by the Hawai‘i Council for Culture and the Arts and many “Peoples Choice” awards, as well as featured on Hawai‘i’s PBS program, “Spectrum”, several times, and in national and international publications. The Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau Big Island chapter has commissioned her to do a series of images, which help promote the cultural identity of Hawai‘i. She is invited yearly to the Celebration of the Arts held at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, as a guest speaker, has been the official artist for Hawaiian Airlines, and has done the posters for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival for 2001 and 2002. She has had over 50 one-woman shows and her work can be seen in public and major private collections around the world.

Mary Koski

Mary Koski

Mary Koski

Artist Mary Koski was one of Hawaii’s premier painters portraying Hawaii and its beautiful people with grace and affection. Her portraits were widely sought after and her tender paintings of children have won her a place in the hearts of people all over the world.

Born in San Diego, Mary Koski began her career as a professional artist at the age of seventeen. Talented in art, ballet, and music, she majored in art at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Mexico City College in Mexico City. While in Mexico City she met and married her husband who was there with the Finnish embassy.

In 1970 she began an extended painting tour of Europe with commissions and exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. After many one-woman shows, her work is found in public and major private collections around the world.

in 1983, when she moved to Hawaii with her family, she felt, like so many people, that she had come home. She was captured by the innocence, beauty, and charm of Hawaii’s children, and today her “Children of Hawaii” calendars and books are beloved by children and collectors alike.

January 25th, 2015, at the age of 85, Mary passed away quietly in her beautiful home in Kamuela, surrounded by her cats, friends, flowers, and fairies.

She will be sorely missed.

-A friend

Karen Dougharty-Spachner

Karen Dougharty-Spachner, takes her inspiration from her home island of Hawaii, living her dream of painting in an open air studio. Set high on a mountain above Hawe, her home is surrounded by lush tropical gardens blossoming with all varieties of Hawaiian trees and flowers.

Her fanciful designs reflect the island’s beauty and warmth.

Karen’s work continues to emerge as a true portrait of Hawaii, as she captures local fish, historical sites, beaches, flora and fauna.

Her love of children has led her to illustrating children’s books.

“Keikilani the Kona Nightingale” is the first of a series of five books.

She moved to Hawaii over 20 years ago, and her works can be found in local shops and galleries around the islands, and in homes around the world.

Warren Fintz

“My greatest passion is to capture these rare and extraordinary events in nature as they happen. 
From the vast lava fields and rain forests of Kilauea, to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, to the incredible underwater world and beautiful sunsets, each picture has an adventure and a story to tell. 
My goal is to tell each picture’s story as it captures life’s most special moments; it’s to provide a unique portal back in time to the places and events we are most fond of.” 


Warren, a Big Island Photographer, is fascinated with nature, astronomy, wildlife, oceans, marine biology, geology, and history.
Specifically being able to experience rare and unique situations occurring at the right time and place.
The elements of our beautiful planet are awesome and they continue to teach us through the history and documentation of nature.

Warren Fintz

Warren Fintz 

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