Barbara Denman is the Kailua Village Artists featured artist for March. Denman paints in watercolors and acrylics. She also designs and carves gourds.
Denman’s veracity of expression and the desire to explore various art forms has led her through music and dance, clothes design, painting and gourd design and decorating. She studied music at New Mexico State University and the University of Texas, then spent several years designing ladies clothing for her own business. After Denman’s move to Kailua-Kona, and taking a workshop in watercolor painting, she launched into a painting career. She has added acrylic and silk painting to her repertoire.
The artist grows, designs, carves and decorates ipu using the umeke pawehe method, which dyes the gourd from the inside. This ancient method of decorating has recently been rediscovered. Her gourd designs and paintings feature flora and fauna, as well as marine life of Hawaii.
To meet Denman and talk story, visit the cooperative’s new gallery March 9, 23 and 29. The gallery, located at Suite C-110 in Kona Marketplace on Alii Drive, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 329-6653.