They like me, they really really like me!

They like me, they really really like me!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’ve been really busy, this time in the studio, working on my self-portrait. I finished it just in time to leave for a family vacation to my hometown of Cincinnati. Thank goodness, because originally I had counted on the couple of days between my arrival back home and the competition due date to put the finishing touches on the painting.

Had I gone through with that plan the painting wouldn’t have made it into the competition, because, as happens to lots of people on family vacations, I ended up in the hospital.

Yes, you read that right: family vacation, hospital, Cincinnati (a long, long way from my home on Maui).


The story of how I landed in the hospital on the very day of the family reunion for which I had travelled so far is a very long story that I won’t bore you with here, but suffice it to say that it put the kibosh on a lot of my plans. The most important part of the story is that the good docs at Mercy Hospital in Cincy thought I had a pulmonary embolism (blot clot in the lung) and grounded me from  flying until, four days after my travel date, they decided I didn’t. What they were looking at was an old embolism that we’d known about for some time.


I was finally cleared for travel the day after the painting was due at the Schaefer International Gallery for judging.

Had I stayed with my original plan not only would the painting be unfinished, but it also would not have been available for my studio mate, Taryn to deliver it to the Schaefer. (Finished or unfinished, were it not for her generosity I wouldn’t be writing this particular post. Thank you, sweet Taryn – I will always be indebted to you!)

So, with that backstory, on to the reason for this post.

Here on the lovely island of Maui there are several major events for artists that make our hearts go pitter-patter as the time for them approaches. Two of them, Art Maui ( and the Schaefer International Gallery Portrait Competition ( are juried competitions, and are considered to be prestigious presentations of the best of artists practicing in Hawaii.

As my regular readers may remember I was honored last winter to be included in Art Maui (Stephen Jost, Director of the Honolulu Museum of Art was the juror).

And (drum roll, please) I was recently notified that the portrait I painted for the Schaefer Portrait Challenge was also accepted.

To say I am excited is somewhat of an understatement. No, a MAJOR understatement. I am beyond thrilled, so honored, SO over the moon that this is happening to me, a relative newcomer to Hawaii’s artist community.


What makes this honor even more exciting for me is that not one, but two of my friends and colleagues, were also accepted.

My dear Taryn ( made it into the show (yeah, Taryn!) and my good friend Kathleen Kastles ( was also accepted (WooHoo, Kathleen!). You can bet that there will be some major celebrating at the Artist’s Reception on January 11!

The jurors for the Schaefer Portrait Challenge were: Esther Shimazu (O‘ahu), Keith Tallett (Hawai‘i Island), and Sidney Yee (Maui).

While I can’t show you the painting until after the show opens on January 13, the Schaefer does publish a very high quality catalog. When I get more information about how to get your hands on one I will post it here.

I am thrilled, and extremely honored to be among the artists selected for these prestigious shows.

I guess they do like me.

One thought on “They like me, they really really like me!

  1. mary Morrison

    Have thought about you so much lately. Some of my best work was with you. I am thrilled of all your honors. Would love to see your self portrait. Hope it is young and gorgeous. You surely are a fighter with all you have been thru. Mary Morrison


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