by Julia Fairchild, Rama Team Member, Web Weaver, and more…
As you may know, Calley O’Neill has been given the honor and privilege of being the Resident Artist at Four Seasons Hualalai, and while there, is working on the paintings in the series which depict Hawaiian endangered species. Her first work was with the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are some pretty joyful stories that go along with this work, and we’re going to share them with you here.
Calley delights in communicating with the many visitors who pass by her “plenair pop-up studio and gallery” under the canopy of a wide-spread Monkey Pod tree at Hualalai. Many of those folks are the staff at the resort, and she has found a wealth of insight and wise suggestions in their conversations, as well as from the guests and their families.
One such suggestion led to this synchronistic development on the lower corner of the Monk Seal painting. Following advice to include a baby, Calley met the perfect one in the family of a Hawaiian Kumu of the Hawaiian Cultural Center at Four Seasons. His wife, who just happened to be a professional photographer, was happy to provide a photo of Manawai, and here you see the rest of THAT story!