As far as Hawaiian birds go, the 'Akepa is my favorite to paint. Bright orange and fluffy round, this little guy packs a color punch with a side of cuteness. In Hawaii, most of the endemic birds are critically endangered. The 'Akepa is not so severely endangered, but every bit of conservation work helps their chances of growing in numbers.
My 'Akepa is a fighter. He's ready to protect his favorite flowers and look good defending the goods. Don't mess with this little toughie!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.