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Hawaii Series

The Hawaii Series ( 2001)

I never unnerstood why people around the world adore Hawaii until I visited the island myself... and found the real, the earthly, Eden. There the vegetation is so verdant and luxuriant, the water so azure and crystalline, and the blossoms so colorful and gorgeous, that I felt my heart melt, and my entire world brighten. But as I gently brushed aside this exotic veil, I began to discover what lay behind it: the rich reddish-brown soil, modestly and secretly nurturing thousands of living things, and trees, not with lavish tropical leaves, but with beautiful stormtossed branches, clinging for survival on the windswept shore. When I ventured deeper into the islands, I found even more... Hawaiian fishermen offered beer and roasted eel, reminding me that hearty generosity and instant trust was once the primary bond between human beings. A pack of dogs fiercely chased and over took me, but then cavort happily with me, reminding me that as soon as we drop our facades and become respectful of all life, we are indeed the children of nature and the offspring of the same God. So to me Hawaii is not just the popular tourist attraction where I could find tropical spectacles; in my heart it is a Shangri-La where my very soul was purified and I could truly see who I am, and who we are. . . . . . - Cao Yong -
 

Tropical Hideaway

Image size: 18" x 36"
Archival Print on Canvas
Edition of  195 plus 19 Artist Proofs




Paradise (Dedicated to Toby)

Image size: 18.5" x 31"
Archival Print on Canvas
Edition of  550 plus 55 Artist Proofs

Image size: 29" x 48"
Archival Print on Canvas
Edition of  425 plus 45 Artist Proofs




Lahaina Afternoon

Sailing on the wings of the wind as my ship approached Lahaina, I was astonished by the vision that came into view: in a pool of golden light, ships swayed with the silky waves and palm trees danced against the cerulean sky. Glimpses of red and white puzzled me, until the colors pieced themselves into an elegant structure ashore. I couldn't help but imagine the long-ago whaling era that inspired Moby Dick when Lahaina was a forest of masts, nor could I wait to set foot on this port, the famous spot for pleasure, fishing, and whale watching. 

Image Size: 30" x 48"
Archival Print on Canvas
Limited Edition of 425 Signed and
Numbered plus 45 Artist Proof
(AP SOLD OUT)

Image Size: 20" x 32"
Archival Print on Canvas
Limited Edition of 550 Signed and
Numbered plus 55 Artist Proof
(AP SOLD OUT)




Sacred Pools

Although painting is a silent process, as I painted this image, I clearly heard a melody in the gently falling water. Was it the murmur of life from this untainted island, I wondered? Or was it the song of the unspoiled soul in all of us? I followed the melody as I worked, and eventually found myself within this scene, a perfect refuge of tranquility. 

Image Size: 31" x 18.5"
Archival Print on Canvas
Limited Edition of 550 Signed and
Numbered plus 55 Artist Proof
(AP SOLD OUT)

Image Size: 48" x 29"
Archival Print on Canvas
Limited Edition of 425 Signed and
Numbered plus 45 Artist Proof
(AP SOLD OUT)

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