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Li Children in the Poppies
16 x 20 inches
Oil on Canvas

Painting children in the poppy field is a beautiful challenge of color and details. The children needed to be the focal point and the poppies needed to be painted in a way to allow the kids higher priority. It was a careful decision of how much detail to imbue in the flowers, sensitively assuring they read well in the foreground and softening them into patches of color as they moved back into the background. I love painting people – portraits tell so much about the subject that cannot be put into words. Through facial expressions, clothing, and setting, you can express so much personality! I do happily accept portrait commissions – feel free to ask me about it! 15% of any commission given to me because of this page will be donated to Windward Artists Guild.

Kailua Canoes
8 x 10 inches
Oil on Archival Panel, Framed
$425 Free shipping to the U.S.

A joyful painting started on site, plein air. A classic, beautiful view out over the canoes in the shade of the towering ironwoods while Hawaiian Stilt birds (a’eo) stroll by the bank looking for bugs. You can see the brackish water of the canal dappled by the shade of the tree and glimpse the beach beyond. My small plein air painting probably even has a few grains of sand in it just for the sake of authenticity – what a beautiful hot day painting on site!

Parrotfish in the Shallows by Wendy Roberts
Parrotfish in the Shallows

Parrotfish in the Shallows
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Panel, framed
$150, free shipping to the U.S.

I am an occasional but enthusiastic SCUBA diver. I absolutely love snorkelling too. Seeing the magic of the underwater world and how alive it is even a few feet from the shore is always so exciting! It is always a highlight to see any of the parrotfishes. They are my favorite. If you listen, you can hear them using their hard beaks to eat the coral. They make a crunching noise!

Peek-a-Boo Geckos
Oil on Panel
9 x 12 inches (framed)

In the garden, small sounds liven the air. Leaves rustle softly as toads and birds move for concealment. At first glance, the banana flower looks perfectly normal, but upon closer inspection, there are imposters holding perfectly still. A pair of Gold Dust Day Geckos the same green as the leaves are pretending to be part of the plant. They are perched like tiny dragons near the giant flower, hoping that you do not notice them. “Nobody is here but leaves!” they would say to you if they spoke English…

About Wendy Roberts

Me and My Peeps – Self Portrait

After living in a variety of regions on the mainland, Wendy settled with her husband and two daughters on Oahu in the beautiful mountains of Kailua. Among the beauty of the lush forests, sheer mountains, and gorgeous beaches of the windward side, Wendy has found a deep sense of peace and inspiration. Her connection to the land, the ocean, and their natural inhabitants motivates her to capture and share their beauty.  She hopes it will inspire love and care for nature, particularly endangered plants and birds, and the preservation of green spaces. In each painting, she balances realism and painterly qualities to suit each image.  Wendy also loves to paint portraiture and murals. You can find her work on the streets of Kaimuki and Kailua on traffic signal boxes. There are a few alae’ula birds, (known also as mudhens) wandering the streets of Kaimuki on the side of buildings, alluding to the history of the area. If you have visited Big Wave Dave’s in Waikiki for coffee or surfing lessons, you can’t help but notice the large underwater scene featuring Hawaiian sea life.

Wendy is a current member and recent board member of both the Windward Artists Guild (2013 – 2021) and the Association of Hawaii Artists (2017 – 2021). Additionally, she is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America. Wendy is a current member and board member of Windward Artists Guild (2013 – 2021) and a current member and former board member of the Association of Hawaii Artists (webmaster 2017 – 2019). Additionally, she is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America. You can find her work at Brilhante Custom Framing and Fine Art in Kailua, Downtown Art Center in Honolulu (DAC Shop downstairs), and Cedar Street Galleries.