Lynn Capell, “Paprika” (2017, canvas) 30 inches by 24 inches
A self-confessed water baby, Hawai‘i Island artist Lynn Capell is never far from one ocean or another, most often working enplein air to vividly capture the surrounding beauty of nature. At home in the oceanfront community of Puako on the island’s renowned Kohala Coast, Capell is no stranger to the tropics. Growing up on Florida’s Gulf Coast, she studied fine arts at Florida State University and spent years living and working in seaside locations around the world—Italy, Brazil, New Zealand and Panama’s Taboga Island. She relocated to Hawai‘i in 1999 and, now, 20 years later, continues to work in a variety of mediums, including painting with oils and watercolors, woodblock printing and mixed media. “My current work is a bit wild and rough,” says Capell. “There’s a rawness to these pieces, with evidence of the artist’s hand.” Her bold, bright signature style captures motion—whether it be breaking waves, swaying palms or dancers—through brushwork and color. Capell’s striking work was most recently featured in a prestigious juried show at Wailoa Center in Hilo and can also be found displayed in numerous fine arts galleries on Hawai‘i Island.