Kokio (30 in x 30 in)
oil on canvas, 2015
30 in x 30 in
"floating panel" with angled & painted wrap-around canvas
shown with originals Ma`o Hau Hele and Na`ū oil on canvas
This scarlet hibiscus grows as a shrub or small 10 – 20 ft. tall tree with solitary flowers near the end of branches. As with all hibiscus, the striking flower has a single column with five, fuzzy pollen-laden stamens and petals which fuse at a star-shaped base. The plant is found in both wet and dry native forests in Hawai`i and is considered a species of concern by biologists.