Did You Know I Have a Secret Career?

I’m known for selling luxury real estate, but few know that I am also a seascape painting instructor!
I’m teaching a national workshop this week on the east coast.

Because I’m known among my clients and around the Hawaii Beach and Golf Properties office as a bit of a workaholic, people are often surprised to learn I have another love besides real estate.

Having been dubbed “the Mayor” of my resort community and living along the gorgeous Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii with our fabulous year-round ocean sunsets, I guess it’s no surprise that I love to paint seascapes.

And those that know me know that like real estate, but I have taken my love of painting and turbo charged it! In fact, I am one of only a handful of Joyce Ortner certified seascape instructors in the country.

I had the privilege of studying with Joyce Ortner, traveling around the world with this beloved and famous seascape artist. Joyce even taught well-known painter Bob Ross how to paint seascapes! Her work is mesmerizing, the way her paintings depict moonlight dancing on waves or a sunset reminiscent of the stunning ones we see in Hawaii. Unfortunately, Joyce passed away in 2015 from cancer. She truly loved sharing the joy of painting seascapes and her thousands of followers were saddened by her loss.

To honor Joyce’s legacy and help perpetuate her love of painting seascapes, four other certified Joyce Ortner instructors and I get together annually to hold a Joyce Ortner painting conference. We hold the conference on the East Coast, as we have painters from as far away as Germany attend. I had a real surprise when a homeowner from the Mauna Lani Resort (where my office is located) attended the east coast class! We both traveled along way to meet each other!

This year’s painting conference took place September 16-20th, 2019. In addition to myself, Joyce Ortner Seascape Masters Pat Appling, Harold Champagne, and Regine Franck all taught at the workshop. During the workshop we painted two beautiful Joyce Ortner originals “Daybreak at Sea” and “Starry Night” on 12 x 16 canvases. Sixty-six of Joyce’s original artwork were on display and it was an inspiring gathering of creative artists.

Painting seascapes is something I truly love to do and it’s a great way to exercise my creativity and recharge my batteries after a busy day selling luxury homes.

Are you an artist or painter? Would love to hear from you about what you like to paint.


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