Ki'ikau Printers is a place for both established and emerging creatives! Working for and with the community has been a dream come true. Here we can feature different artists and their medium.
NOVEMBER Featured Artist: Rani Leilani
MEET THE ARTIST
Business Name: Rani Leilani Art
Website and/or IG handle: Instagram: @ranileilaniart
Artist Bio: I was born in Hawaii and my parents moved to Australia, where I grew up with my 3 siblings. Once I finished high school, I moved back to Hawaii for a few years before traveling to Utah. While in Utah, I attended Utah Valley University, where I received my BFA in Illustration. After graduating University, I worked as an in-house illustrator and designer for companies like "American Crafts", "Polished Play" and "Cricut". Life events played out over the years that followed, prompting me to move back to Hawaii. Since moving back, I have been so grateful for the chance to share my art in a bigger way, allowing me to connect with the community out here, both locals and visitors alike.
How would you describe your art style: Stylized / Illustrative (in the realm of whimsical and feminine subject matter)
What are your creative inspirations: Hawaii, nature, movies, music, books, fashion, other artists I admire and life experiences aligning with the journey towards 'self love' and empowerment.
Artist Journey: I always loved coloring as a kid, and that journey continued to snowball as I grew older. Along the way, there were many moments of people trying to discourage me from my pursuits towards becoming an artist. But all I knew was creating art brought me joy, and holding onto that connection of joy was what has kept me creating the art I love.
I have thankfully, also had supportive people show up along this journey too. I received awards in High school and recognitions in University. I learned so much from encouraging professors and other artists who have supported me in so many ways. There have been opportunities that have come into my life such as creating illustrations for author, Joseph Heywood's children's book, "It's Called Fishing not Catching".
Now that I'm back in Hawaii, I have started sharing my art at markets as well as online on my Etsy store again and have been so grateful for the support I have found from the community here who have created outlets and resources for artists like me. I am excited to see it this art journey continue to unfold in a ways I have yet to discover.
Where can we explore/shop your art: Online at https://linktr.ee/ranileilani
August Featured Artist: Danielle Villoria
Dani is an O'ahu-born illustrator with a love for all things botanical. After studying Fine Arts in Boston, she returned home to Hawaii. Now a wife and mama to four dino-loving girls, her inspiration is a constant parade of imaginative adventures. When she's not painting dinosaurs, you'll find her homeschooling and going holoholo with her 'ohana around their island home.
July Featured Artist: Sarah Farris
Sarah Farris is an artist deeply connected to her Hawaiian roots. She incorporates her cultural heritage into her work to honor and inspire others. Through her empathic approach to painting, she explores the intersection of science and spirituality, infusing her artwork with energy and capturing the essence of her emotional journey.
MAY FEATURED ARTIST: Racquel Araki
Born and raised in Waianae on the leeward side of Oahu, my 'Ohana is a huge part of my life. I’m blessed to be married to my best friend and expert fisherman. A young mom at 16, six amazing keiki later, and I wouldn't change a thing. Wild at heart, I love our island home, I paint it like I see it.
FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST: Stefani Truyol
Aloha, meet Stefani, our February featured artist and winner of the Year of the Rabbit Art Contest!
Stefani Truyol is an illustrator and watercolorist born and raised in Colombia, currently based in Honolulu.
Passionate about the natural world, she is dedicated to connect art and nature in her work. With her work she wants to increase interest and awareness for nature conservation as well as bring a sense of tranquility and happiness to the viewer.
She works both in traditional methods (watercolor, ink, acrylic, gouache, and charcoal) as well as digitally.