EleykaaI have long been fascinated by Japanese art. The woodblock print artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin have been my life-long inspirations. I admire they way they "see" and capture nature with grace and elegance.

I create paintings in a tropical Asian style. Being raised in Japan and Hawai'i, I integrate both cultures into my work. Walking through my Haiku garden past the koi ponds, lush bamboo groves, and ti plants to my art studio, I am filled with endless inspiration. Eleykaa quote

I look to see through both lenses of the East and West to capture the play of color and light in the scenery.

In Japan before there was plastic, there was lacquer. Shiny, durable, and waterproof, lacquer was coated on wood. Inspired by tradition, I mount my paintings on panels and then seal them with layers of a lacquer-like varnish. The result is a brilliant and innovative presentation.

 
BACKGROUND

Eleykaa was raised in Japan and is bilingual and bicultural. Her parents have a Japanese antique business and often took her and her brother traveling around the countryside of Japan looking for unique treasures. From age seven she attended Japanese brush painting classes. Her teacher, who always dressed in an elegant kimono, would slide open the shoji doors that overlooked the garden and say, "Look at the sparrows chirping on the cherry blossom tree. Let's paint that today."

Eleykaa captures nature with Japanese watercolors and bamboo brushes. She creates paintings on panels and then coats them with layers of enamel glaze. The effect is an elegant, glass-like finish.

Eleykaa is a full time artist who lives with her seven-year-old son and cats in Haiku, Maui.

 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
* Solo Shows
2017 Celebration of Hawaii Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI
Invited Show

"First Light" at Viewpoints Gallery, Maui
Malama Wao Akua 2013 Exhibition
Winner of the "People's Choice Award"


2016 Malama Wao Akua 2016 Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, HI
Jurors: Pat Bily and Melissa Chimera
2016, 2015, 2014 Celebration of Hawaii Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI
Invited Show
2014 Maui Masters Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, HI
  Malama Wao Akua 2014 Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI
Jurors: Abigail Romanchak and Jordan Jokiel
2013 Malama Wao Akua 2013 Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI
Jurors: Hank Oppenheimer & Jan Sato
Awarded "People's Choice" Award
2012 A New Day* Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, HI
2009 Where The Temple Begins* Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, HI
2006 Group Exhibition Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, HI
2005, 2004,
2003, 2002,
2001
Art Fair Invitational Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, HI
2005 From Dark to Light* Dongurikobo Gallery, Kamakura, Japan
2004 Romance* Dongurikobo Gallery, Kamakura, Japan
2002 Maui Watercolorist's
Juried Watercolor Exhibition
Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI
Juror: Shige Yamada
  Art on a Tray* Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, HI
  Into The Light* Dongurikobo Gallery, Kamakura, Japan
2001 Exceptional Trees of Maui
Juried Exhibition
Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, HI
  Moments In My Days* Gallery Kazu, Kanagawa, Japan
Gallery O-Two, Gunma, Japan
Dongurikobo Gallery, Kamakura, Japan
2000 First Paintings* Gallery Spotlight, Tokyo, Japan
Art Space 88, Tokyo, Japan
Dongurikobo Gallery, Kamakura, Japan
 
AWARDS
People's Choice Award - Malama Wao Akua Exhibition 2013
 
MEET ELEYKAA
Banyan Tree Art Fair (Lahaina, Maui) [map]
Most Weekends
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REPRESENTATION
Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina, Hawaii
Maui Hands, Paia and Lahaina, Hawaii
Nohea Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, Hawaii
 
EDUCATION
University Of Hawai'i at Manoa, Hawaii (International Studies, BA)
International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
Punahou High School, Hawaii