Bill Braden

Sandbar Solitude (Triptych) (Edition / Open)
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11 x 14 in
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This is the view from the Sandbar in Kāneʻohe Bay looking back toward Oʻahuʻs Koʻolau Mountain Range. The Pali (the cliffs) are spectacular as are the uniquely wonderful waters of this sacred place. The sand that always covers this coral outcropping slopes rather quickly to deeper waters, creating a transition of color from light green to deep blue. Though there is only dry sand at low tide, visits here at high tide affords one that mystical experience of walking in ankle deep water in the middle of the largest body of protected water in the State of Hawaiʻi, Kāneʻohe Bay. This protection, a result of the barrier reef beyond and the mile or so distance from the shore that lets you get away from the bustle of open ocean, yet it is safe from waves and generally placid due to its leeward location. Again, because of its relative isolation and nearness to deep water, rays, turtles, even large sharks frequent this spot. The magic really transforms on weekends and holidays when this spot is invaded by thongs, throngs and thumpings of humans and their watercraft that transports them here. The Hawaiian name for this place "Ahu o Laka" means altar of Laka. Iʻve been told two stories about Lakan one that Laka was a chief who died and was buried here, the other is that Laka was an immortal connected to hula, dance. One thing I know is the place makes you want to swim and dance.


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About the Artist

Bill Braden

Bill Braden was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1958. He moved to Hawaiʻi in 1970 (Kailua High ʻ75). Bill studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1976 and received a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and Rome, Italy in 1980. Even thought Bill studied at these top art schools he feels it was painting on location in Hawaiʻi that taught him to be a land and seascape master. His first exhibition was called "Lanikai Perspectives" at a Kailua gallery in 1978.

Best known for having been commissioned to paint "The Best Beaches of Hawaiʻi" Braden was selected from over 200 applicants nationwide by the City and County of Honolulu for this percent-for-art project. Reproductions of this series and many other images of Hawaiʻi are distributed through dozens of galleries and stores on the major Hawaiian Islands, as well as on the mainland USA. Specializing in public scale work, he creates originals in oil, pastels, stone and metal. His mission: Creating art that celebrates Godʻs glory. In 2009, Bill Braden Artist Company received the "John Kelly Environmental Award" from Surfrider Foundation Oʻahu Chapter for the companyʻs work with helping our world through art.

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