When Art Grabs Your Heart

Diana Hansen Young is a very well-known artist in Hawaii.  She is known for her pinks and for avoiding hands in any detail (or so I’ve been told).  I don’t have a lot of her work but this print was given to me a few years ago and I was just consumed with the notion that I had to frame it with a very nice wooden frame and UV-protected plexiglass.  Why?  There seemed no rhyme or reason to my reaction.

Literature on the beach

The photo below, while not necessarily a scenic sight, is of an area that always signaled to me that I was home.  This photo was taken from the little stretch of beach across from 7-11 on Farrington Hwy in Makaha.

Makaha Beach

That’s it — there it is!  That’s the memory the print triggered.  It may not have been what the artist had in mind but art is subjective, right?  It was a corner of home, a girl sitting on the beach with her books, thinking.  Yep, that would be me! Okay, I don’t look like that but the message is still there.  🙂

It was just so Hawai’i and so worth sharing.  I found some of her pictures online but I couldn’t find this one.  There was a note on one of the ones I did find that talked about the book that was in the picture and that made me wonder about the books in my picture.  What were these books?  I can make them whatever I want in my mind but someday I would like to find out where the artist’s mind was at the time this was created.

You guys knew I was strange.  Thank you, Cilla, your gift meant more than I can even begin to tell you.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keahi Pelayo // Feb 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Where is she now. About ten years ago, she seemed very involved in local issues and now she is no where to be seen. Is she still in Hawaii?

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I believe, Keahi, that she is on the East Coast where she is actively writing. Once an artist, always an artist, no matter what medium you choose!

    I remember seeing more of her in the news too. She’s still around but just involved in other endeavors. Maybe something she writes will find its way here! 🙂

  • 3 Bobby Revell // Feb 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    It’s the first time I’ve seen her work and it’s quite lovely; semi-impressionistic and nice color. I live on the ocean too, but the water is gray and murky. The only people swimming in it are from out of state LOL! 🙂

  • 4 Evelyn // Feb 8, 2009 at 6:55 am

    You know, Bobby, there are places where people swim that I will barely wade through, so I hear you. But, this particular location is mostly reef so there is little or no room to swim off of this little stretch of beach.

    The artist did seem to have a love affair with Hawai’i for a while. For the record, I don’t know how true it is in Diana’s case but I never liked drawing hands either! 🙂

  • 5 ScreenwritingforHollywood // Feb 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Normally I don’t like pink, but that painting is warm and lovely.

  • 6 Evelyn // Feb 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hello ScreenwritingforHollywood! It’s funny you should say that. I never really noticed the pinks until someone else pointed it out to me.

    Obviously Diana had a way of making it work without us even noticing. I still marvel at the use of white paint to emphasize the moon’s reflection on the water. Some artists just have that down pat!

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