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Donald K. Hall is captivated by Hawaii, it’s beauty it’s energy and it’s people. "Hawaii is magnificent, every corner is splashed with color and majestic beauty."

Don has been painting professionally since 1982, He has studied with the late water colorist Zoltan Szabo and Tom Lynch. Born in Ottawa Canada Don now resides in Hawaii and is a U. S. Citizen, His work signed D. Hall is collected internationally and is very popular among those who like to see beauty directly without the need for further explanation.

Don is also an accomplished sculptor, jewelry designer, gold and silversmith and was owner of Diana Creations Ltd. a chain of Jewelry stores featuring his original designs. The company was named in honor of Don's wife Diane. Arthritis has taken the ability to sculpt and work with metal away from him but with the encouragement and inspiration of his wife of over 46 years Don now concentrates on his painting.

"The rhythm of life has a powerful beat. In today’s fast pace of life its important that we take the extra time to share the beauty of the world. It’s incredibly fulfilling to do what I feel I came to Earth to do and be one of those to share this beauty with you., Aloha."

“I spend my days looking for inspiration for new work., I want individuals to feel what I feel at the time I produce a Painting. I want you to look beyond that and find other things in the painting you can relate to. It’s my attempt to connect to you on a personal level.-Let me know if I have?”

Biogrphy of Famous Hawaii Artist, Hawaii Painter Donald K. Hall

  Don and Diane Hall
91-526 Kuhialoko Street
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706-4518
Phone: (808) 685-5593

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Donald K Hall talks about his art and ideas:

"My approach to art, painting, and philosophy of life in general is a picture is worth a thousand words. My paintings are fueled by my bond to the land, (in Hawaiian the Aina). My Hawaii art is not sophisticated, but is as I see it. speaking with a quiet voice to the fundamental color and form."

The "art scene " in Hawaii is pre-occupied with "Postcard art"... art that addresses current locations and time as souvenirs or I was here Holiday images. I would like to think of my Hawaii Art work as art of the "eternal now", a state where one becomes one with the experience of the full Hawaiian moment.

My abstract art Attempts to draw on an inner world that produce the most absorbing color paintings that bring across a feeling of a highly beautiful universe. Are my works masterpieces? Well, maybe some of them - indeed respected artists have told me when visiting my studio - "This work is a masterpiece. It is hard for me to say what is a masterpiece - especially in this day and age when the focus on the quality of workmanship and craftsmanship in all art has changed. Are there masterpieces being produced today? Have I painted a masterpiece?  This is not for me to say, and only for history to judge, which I hope will be kind to me.

Trees: Banyan Trees, Palm Trees, Koa Trees, Mankind has a connection with trees since the earliest time... The tree paintings are an allusion to the human condition... roots anchored in the ground, head in the heavens... arms (branches) reaching to the sky. The paintings of my Hawaii trees are an exploration... the search continues. Is this "Hawaiian Art? Most Definitely, as the term "Hawaii Art" and "Hawaiian Painting" defines the geographical location from where the art comes, and since the work is of the Hawaiian landscape, this also relates to the content of my paintings.

Plein air: Working directly from Hawaii nature, from direct observation is the essence of plein air painting. Nature is the teacher, providing the answers to, lighting, color, lightness and darkness and values. No need to invent - rather, in plein air, not to impose the artist's ego on nature, yet to be receptive, observant.

Portraits: I paint faces but not portraits. The human face is possibly of the most fascinating landscape, each line, shape and angle revealing a lifetime of experience, thought and emotion.

Expressionist: I  see this as but mere labels, tags, attached names, which people fight over and in a more fundamental level of reality have no real existence, but are mere appended labels. So one producing "Hawaiian art" or "Any art" is producing art whose content transcends labels.

Painting is not dead, nor should working with paint on canvas be considered outdated. The tradition of painting is a continuing and developing. Progress is yet to be made, building on the work of the great painters of the not-too-distant past.

It would seem that the advent of the "ready-made" earlier in the last century, has usurped the value of craftsmanship in art. I believe that this is just a detour from the path even though it is harder now for one to make a living. It is only a matter of time in which innovation for the sake of innovation alone will fall by the wayside. The true values of art will survive, as art strives for eternity.

My landscapes are both painted in the open air and my studio. The work progresses through the direct process of observing nature. Opening my eyes to greater depths of color and magical  relationships. While in the field, what takes place on the canvas seems as a reduced reflection of all that I experience. Yet when viewed back in the confines of my studio, it is clear that the canvas has brought back the vitality of a much greater experience.

Sometimes I feel that it is the landscape or Seascape , which has painted itself for me. I have been but a facilitator through which the landscape has been painted as a record recorded of its presence. Although not born in the Islands of Hawaii, I feel the spirit of Aloha every day and this spirit permeates though my work. One of the joys of painting is the endless combination that the paint, color and texture manifest on the canvas. or water color paper. When successfully different colors go into collaboration or oscillation with each other. Layers of paint are built up with various degrees of transparency creating unpredictable effects. I like a good, textured painting which gives me the sense that there is something more than a flat image itself. Monet is said to have put each canvas aside, and pulled it out when the particular atmospheric/lighting effect appeared. A particular canvas was earmarked for only a certain atmospheric effect, and thus he would not work on it under a set of conditions different than those he had decided to be suitable for that piece. This is wild, but I haven't completely figured it out as yet, however, I do leave the painting out in my studio and view it for a time before I release it for sale.

I have continued with the same  canvas under varied conditions, all of these conditions adding up in terms of layers of paint, one over the other, contributing to an unforeseen final mood  I have held back some canvases for over fifteen years waiting for the right moment to finish it, my Hawaiian Reef #42 Humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua'a is one of them .

The span of time from the beginning of the canvas until the realization of its completion has no predetermined time line. Time is necessary only to see all the work and development of the feeling for what alterations are to be made for all the parts of the painting to live together in harmony. I am often been asked, "how much time did it take to paint this, or how long does it take to paint a painting". I actually don't know, I do not keep track.

Time is necessary for separating the painter's labor of the painting from the intensity of feelings that accompanied the act of bringing the raw unfinished painting to be comepleated. The earlier stage is identified with the stimuli outside of the canvas, and during that period, when viewing the painting, I will see more the external stimuli, than the work itself on the canvas. This could be for better or for worse... Yet, the same canvas may communicate absolutely nothing to another viewer. Thus, only once I have put the work out of sight and over the course of time allowed that memory of the experience to fade, then I would be able to once again look at my work and see it for its own merits and make decisions on how to or if to proceed.

Most of my paintings are for sale. An artist must survive, and as such I must sell my works to buy time to create new paintings. So, please be encouraged to purchase  my works and become a part of my creative process.

On my web site, paintings that are no longer available are indicated in the caption below the image as being sold, however, if prints are available it will be indicated.

About lighting: Light is the key - lighting varies with time of day and accents different shapes and features. Light through clouds like a spot light on one area of the landscape highlighting it in contrast to the surroundings. Lighting of the paintings is of utmost importance - good lighting will make the painting work, poor lighting will hide what is there. Atmospheric factors change the light and the softness or hardness of view. The natural lighting here in Hawaii is different then any were else  in the world I have painted.

Monet, Gauguin and the Impressionists including greats like Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot showed us to connect with nature in a fresh way. Kandinsky showed us the Spiritual in Art to be true to our inner self.

Modern Impressionist painting and impressionism in landscape painting and landscape paintings also has elements of expressionism and/or expressionist tendencies contemporary art. Figurative art and figurative painting is a non-abstract where the paintings are a window to the world. Representational art and representational paintings more specifically.

The sky in paintings of sky and clouds: the clouds are painted from living moving clouds whose life leaves traces with the oil paint on the canvas.

Abstract and Figurative Art On one level all art is abstract, for a painting to work, it must have certain compositional qualities of color, form, texture, light and shade flow, etc. which are essentially abstract. Yet, we often in our imagination see figures in abstract art. The figurative has great hold on the mind, and I admit to my personal near-enslavement to the form and figurative of the tangible. Having said that, I have a great love and respect for good abstract art, and indeed envy those artists who can produce from within themselves, work which is freed from the form and figure, yet whose harmonies trigger off such a wonderful reaction in the viewer.

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