This piece depicts the turtle, Kauila, of Hawaiian mythology swimming in the swirly, crystal blue waters of Hawaii. A few tropical fish that are common to the area swim alongside her as she glides effortlessly through the water. Sea turtles are considered good luck and are highly revered by the Hawaiian people and are, in fact, an important part of their mythology.
Here is the legend of Kauila the Sea Turtle:
"Hawaiian legend, as reported by historian Mary Kawena Pukui, tells the story of a mystical sea turtle named Kauila, born on the black sandy shores of Punalu'u, in the district of Ka'u on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kauila was born the daughter of two supernatural sea turtles, the mother named Honupo'okea and the father named...
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily lives near the beach and finds her inspiration from the beauty in nature and in people. Every plant, animal, and person is unique, and she seeks to capture the most beautiful parts of each in aspects of her paintings. An undying optimist, her art utilizes bright splashes of color that attract the eye and subject matters that bring a smile.
Graduating with a double degree in Art Education and Classical Civilizations from Loyola Marymount University in 2007, Emily spends her time painting and creating jewelry, serving at her church, Journey of Faith, spending time outside hiking or at the beach, and investing in her friendships. She can often be found riding her beach cruiser along the strand in...
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