About Shay Niimi Wahl

About the Artist

Hi, I’m Shay! Here is a little bit about me.

The once-thriving sugar plantation town of Paauilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is where I grew up. Except for the first years in Honolulu, it was country upbringing that made me aware of the beauty and diversity of the island that I tried to copy in drawings and simple paintings.

Upon retirement from a career in teaching, I began life as a full-time artist. I had already found favor in the traditional Chinese style of gongbi painting on silk, and later applied the method to paper as well.

I paint with watercolor and sumi on silk and paper, always beginning with the traditional Asian method of gongbi, which is meticulous detailed painting. I add to it the spontaneous style of xieyi, resulting in a combination of styles and also a combined flavor of east and west. That is what it’s like to live in Hawaii, known as the melting pot of the Pacific where many cultures meet and mix.

My paintings are a reflection and appreciation of the beauty found in nature. They are in galleries on the island, including my humble studio and on this website, and have found beautiful homes locally and worldwide.

Art is in my soul and spirit. It inspires me to paint my beautiful surroundings to my heart’s content, and also to inspire others to do the same. I offer small group workshops to adults who want to learn how I paint, or to just get started in painting. It gives me great pleasure to see creative energy happen.

I live in Waikoloa Village with my happily retired and very supportive husband Ric, and Hoku, our sweet Border Collie.

Thank you for visiting.