Meet Carmen Gardner, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!
Carmen Gardner’s artistic celebration of Maui is a luminous tribute to the people, special moments and natural beauty that, together, make Maui “no ka oi.”
“When folks ask me why I paint, I’ve wondered myself at the answer . . . what should I say? Because it brings me joy? Because I want to share that joy with others? The answer comes to me every time I pick up a brush. Every time I mix a color or watch pigment mingle on the canvas . . . I realize then, it is about the process.
For me, the deeper meaning in what I paint, lies in my passion to share the Maui we treasure: The greens are greener here, the ocean bluer, the skies full of drama and light . . . Maui is teaching me to see. I hope to continue learning to view Maui not only through the eyes of an artist, but through the eyes of her beautiful people, and that I may one day come close to adequately saying with color and shapes that for which I have no words.
A signature member of Hawaii Watercolor Society, I teach locally and internationally.
Congratulations on being the Featured Ambassador, carmen! Absolutely beautiful watercolors! I especially love the “care for the Ohia” painting. It’s breathtaking!