Island Florals - New Work

by
Melissa Chimera


Maui artist Melissa Chimera

Melissa Chimera, a Honolulu native, is a conservationist and painter. As forester, she moved to Maui to protect The Nature Conservancy's Maui Waikamoi Preserve on Haleakala mountain. Her encounters with endangered plants unknown to most except botanists like her husband led her to paint them.

"Most think of the plumeria flower as uniquely Hawaiian, not realizing it is from another place. I want to showcase the forgotten kama'aina (islanders) as a biologist might see them under a microscope in all their variation and uniqueness. You will never see these species outside of Hawai`i. And we may never again witness their beauty if we don't protect them in our lifetime."

She is also interested in the intersection between Hawaiians and their flora, both of which are at once endangered yet resilient in the face of change.

"There is so much sensuality, grace and humility in the Hawaiian people and within their environment. I want to explore that interaction, since nature is often portrayed as removed, or lost in the distant past. I want to close that gap."





[Oil on Linen]
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"Gilded Puakala No 2"

24" H x 24" W.
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
$1400
Gallery Wrapped
[Oil on Linen]
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"Gilded Puakala No 3"

24" H x 24" W.
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
$1400
Gallery Wrapped

Melissa Chimera's work has been featured in one-woman and group gallery exhibitions. Her work is found in both private and corporate collections. The artist is available for large-scale commissions for placement in residential or commercial settings. She prefers large canvases to showcase botanical detail.

Please let us know if you would like more information, or if there are any questions. We would like the opportunity to have you as our client, to show you how much you would enjoy doing business with us.

[Oil on Linen]
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"4Hillebrandia"

36" H x 36" W.
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
$4000
Gallery Wrapped
[Oil on Linen]
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"1Brighamia"

36" H x 36" W.
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
$4000
Gallery Wrapped



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