I sold my first oil painting in 1989 when I was 40. Uncle Walter bought “Garden at Moanalua” from the trunk of my car, and I was thrilled because he was a man of good taste. After he died I learned that my cousin Millie inherited it. I’m happy the painting is still in the family.
In 2011 another Native Hawaiian artist reminded me to reserve “one work per year” for a retrospective collection. The pieces I selected are either paintings I already decided to keep, what I have taken off the market for this purpose and like, or works in the private collections of people I felt comfortable enough to ask, “May I come to photograph the painting?” I’m still in the process of gathering the electronic images.
My most prolific period so far (35 original oils) was 1993-1994 when I devoted my time to recording Ka‘a‘awa town and the ‘ili of ‘Īoleka‘a on canvas. Most of the paintings from the one-person shows were purchased.
There was a 5-year hiatus from 1998-2002 when I concentrated my energy on developing the Hale Kū‘ai Cooperative that bought and sold Native Hawaiian made products. In 2003 I began to paint regularly in the landscape of Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden in the Luluku area of Kāne‘ohe. — Rebekah Luke
Gas Pumps in Paradise – 1993
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Unforgettable Iolekaa – 1994 triptych
Yellow Plumeria – 1995 – Carol Takahashi Collection
Luluku Patterns – 2005 – Art and Rosemary Eberhardt Collection