24" x 48"

oil on canvas

Although the official state flower is the yellow hibiscus or 'ilima', many of the commonly seen red hibiscus varieties are found throughout the islands and in Hawaiian imagery. Though related to the yellow variety and commonly thought to be native, the red Hibiscus were introduced more recently. In many ways this acts as a metaphor for the very mixed peoples and cultures of Hawaii, including the Israeli-born and Hawaii-raised artist himself whose family is many generations rooted in Hawaii but not of native Hawaiian blood.