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We are pleased to announce a two women show between Jamie Allen and Licia McDonald that will be exhibited at the Hawai’i State Art Museum Gallery from February 1 to March 30th, 2019. We have compiled a preview catalogue that provides you with Jamie Allen’s entire collection. In the exhibition on O’ahu there will be 9 pieces.

   My practice as an artist reflects how I aspire to live my life, one that nurtures nature and personal well-being. The act of slowing down, observing, and recording are my artistic practices that cultivate mindfulness. At the forefront, my artistic process is nourishing and is joyful in the simple act of creation. Similar to meditation, my process is a means for me to cultivate mindfulness, strengthen inner peace and explore self-expression. I use a diaristic approach to merge everyday encounters and objects to reveal a dance between figurative and subjective.   Whether it is a specific location, a conversation, a particular plant, or piece of literature, each contribute to the piece’s complexity. The history within the layers of painting and drawing is a dialogue about time, growth, and life; exposing an environment beyond simply plant or ocean matter.   I invite the viewer to pause, reflect and lose themselves within.

            For this particular body of work, I studied indigenous plants, endemic limu (seaweed) and native invertebrates to the Hawaiian islands. Learning about Hawai’i’s endemic organisms through the Bishop Museum, botanical gardens, and the Waimānalo Limu Hui community based organization has deepened by connection to the land and strengthened my compassion for nature. The resulting spiritually thinking about “oneness” and the concept that all beings are connected, are present in this work in which I combine representational elements and abstract gestures to build an ecosystem where all organisms can thrive.

A portion of the proceeds will go to archival supplies to create, preserve, and store future specimens in the Bishop Museum Collection and help fund the limu restoration efforts of the Waimanalo Limu Hui. The Waimanalo Limu Hui is a community based group who seek to replenish the limu population found in Waimanalo Bay which helps to restore the fish population to the east side of O’ahu.

A special mahalo to Barbara Kennedy (Herbarium Pacificum Collection Manager), Holly Bolick (Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager), Molly Hagemann (Vertebrate Zoology Collection Manager) and Roy T. Tsuda (Phycologist)

Please note the individual works listed below will have a portion of artist’s sales to benefit these organizations.


  1. Limu Hui – Waimanalo Limu Hui

  2. Brown. Red. Bishop Museum Limu Collections

  3. Papaya Non-Native Non-Invasive – Bishop Museum Herbarium Collections

  4. What We Tend To. Bishop Museum Invertebrate Collections


            Each piece for the exhibition upholds museum quality framing standards: solid white molding with archival white matte board, archival linen tape, and UV protected plexiglass. Framing is provided by Art Source and Design, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Each painting is mixed media on archival watercolor paper. Detailed descriptions and larger images of each painting are available upon request.

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