Artist

Pictured here is myself (with lei) and fellow art teacher Alice Esaki in front of my students’ work at the senior center in Kaneohe.

Born in Okinawa and living in Kaneohe most of her life, Susan Cardenas took for granted the beauty that surrounded her, as she struggled to fill that void that only God can fill. After becoming a born again believer, she began discovering the fantastic array of color that Hawaii offers so abundantly.   The painting process has provided healing from lifelong depression and as she captures the beauty of God’s creation, she hopes to convey the calm and peace now present in her life.

Susan’s art career started in 1979 as a jewelry artist, painting miniatures.   In 1981, she took oil painting classes with local artist Stan Yamauchi.   After earning a graphic arts degree in 1984 she worked at a newspaper, the MidWeek.    In 1998, she decided to follow her passion to become a fineart artist and has been painting water colors ever since.

Most of her techniques are self-taught, using library materials and watercolor magazines. Later, she took classes and workshops from island artists Gay Jefferson, Susan Rogers Aregger, and Roger Whitlock.  Although watercolor is still her main medium, Susan has been using hand-dyed tissue papers to create beautitul collages, utilizing the unique textures and colors that the tissues provide.  She also does miniatures, paintings that are postage stamp size.

Susan teaches watercolor classes in Kailua and Honolulu, see the class information page.

“I feel it my obligation to pass on the knowledge and joy I have experienced so that others may experience the same healing and peacefulness that I was given when I started painting.”

Susan’s art can be seen at galleries and shops here on Oahu as well as in private collections throughout the world.  She accepts custom orders and also started doing pet portraits.   She does it via email and postal service.
She currently lives in Kaneohe with her husband and 3 sons.

SUSAN RECENTLY STARTED TEACHING ZUMBA.

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