I recently returned from Maui, where I was part of the Maui Plein Air Invitational. This is a great event, with beautiful scenery and wonderful people. There were some beautiful paintings done this year, and it’s a real honor to get to show with so many great painters. We had some tough weather the first few days with lots of rain, but once that cleared up the island was stunning. This painting was made on the day the skies started clearing. I had been rained on in the morning while trying to paint up-country, but as I drove back towards Lahaina at lunch time I saw clearing skies over the sugar mill. I’ve always loved the look of this place and was happy to find a quiet, slightly hidden spot to work on this painting. Apparently this is the last working sugar mill in Hawaii, so I’m happy to have had the chance to paint here while it is still in full operation.
This painting is 16×20″ and was awarded the “Irvine Museum Award” at the gallery reception.