Artist Profile - Have You Seen My Islands?
With painter and sculptor ancestors from Italy, cover artist Charlene deLory comes by her talent naturally. She is a unique artist who paints with the power of emotion and has the ability to capture the human spirit in her painted subjects. When painting a portrait, she goes beyond plain realism, going where the camera doesn’t. She transcends the individual’s outer appearances and concentrates on the essence that makes them unique and exceptional. The portrait is complete when the eyes tell a story and Charlene can see and feel emotion through them.
Charlene’s education includes an art scholarship at the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and three years at UCLA in Architectural Perspective Drawing and Interior Design. She has studied portrait painting with several award-winning art teachers. Charlene has also taught perspective drawing and rendering techniques at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and California College of Interior Design, in Los Angeles, California.
She lives in Hawaii Kai, where Oahu’s beauty and healing energies inspire her paintings.
The subject of the painting is Renee Ane, of Waimanalo. Renee is a 1975 graduate of Punahou School with a passion for hula and making people beautiful. Her mother wanted to find a way to overcome the strong influence that her professional football family was having on her young daughter, so she enrolled Renee in a hula halau when she was 5. Renee spent many years dancing in the Merrie Monarch Festival and currently shares hula with the senior citizens at the Waimanalo Health Center on Monday mornings. The participants cherish the sharing of the culture of hula and being able to tell the story of the dance through movement.
Renee Ane is owner of About Face, in Honolulu, where she transforms people through the use of cosmetic artistry with permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner, as well as hair removal. For more information, call 808-591-0234 or visit AboutFaceByRenee.com.