Kathy Long’s pastels and black & white drawings of the people and culture of Hawai‘i are seen as some of the most accurate and sensitive contemporary works available today. She captures the essence of Hawai‘i so well, that the Hawai‘i Visitor Bureau and Hawaiian Airlines have used her paintings and drawings to promote Hawaii as a cultural destination. Daughter of the well-known artist, Mary Koski, Kathy lived in Hilo as a child and traveled widely with her parents before settling down to study Fine Arts. After graduating from one of the oldest schools for the Arts in Scandinavia, she had her debut in the prestigious Waino Aaltonen Museum in Finland. This was the beginning of a series of thirteen one-woman shows throughout Europe over the course of the next several years.
In 1979, Kathy and her husband, Bertil, an art historian, moved to the United States to open a gallery in Houston, Texas. The gallery handled works by her mother and herself as well as notable names such as Henry Moore, Robert Vickery and two dozen other internationally respected artists.
In 1982, Kathy and her family settled in Waimea, where her husband became the curator for Parker Ranch for 13 years. Combining her interest in cultural anthropology and art, Kathy began to record the renaissance of the Hawaiian culture and is now considered one of the best interpreters of the revival. She has been the winner of purchase awards by the Hawai‘i Council for Culture and the Arts and many “Peoples Choice” awards, as well as featured on Hawai‘i’s PBS program, “Spectrum”, several times, and in national and international publications. The Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau Big Island chapter has commissioned her to do a series of images, which help promote the cultural identity of Hawai‘i. She is invited yearly to the Celebration of the Arts held at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, as a guest speaker, has been the official artist for Hawaiian Airlines and has done the posters for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival for 2001 and 2002. She has had over 50 one-woman-shows and her work can be seen in public and major private collections around the world.
Artist Mary Koski was one of Hawaii’s premier painters portraying Hawaii and it’s beautiful people with grace and affection. Her portraits were widely sought after and her tender painting of children have won her a place in the heart’s of people all over the world.
Born in San Diego, Mary Koski began her career as a professional artist at the age of seventeen. Talented in art, ballet and music, she majored in art at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Mexico City College in Mexico City. While in Mexico City she met and married her husband who was there with the Finnish embassy.
In 1970 she began an extended painting tour of Europe with commissions and exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. After many one-woman-shows, her work is found in public and major private collections around the world.
in 1983, when she moved to Hawaii with her family, she felt, like so many people, that she had come home. She was captured by the innocence, beauty and charm of Hawaii’s children, and today her “Children of Hawaii” calendars and books are beloved by children and collectors alike.
January 25th, 2015, at the age of 85, Mary passed away quietly in her beautiful home in Kamuela, surrounded by her cats, friends, flowers and fairies.
She will be sorely missed.
James C. Niderost
Blogger, Photographer and Traveler
Aloha, I am James Christopher Niderost. I love to write, travel and take beautiful pictures. I am passionate about sharing my adventures with you of living on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.
I have dreamed of living around the world most of my life. My wife and I met in 2002. Every year of our marriage, we kept saying that we would take off and start living our dreams “next year.” Of course, like most people, another year would pass and still we had made no movement toward living our dream…
I believe a life worth living is a life worth journaling and this is why I am here. I blog about my passions which include Travel, Food, People and Real Estate. I also blog about the adventures and choices that come up with moving around the world. I hope this helps you see how you too can do anything you set your mind to and will encourage you to live your dreams.
Enjoy experiencing my blog and I look forward to meeting up with you somewhere around the world.
With Love, James C. Niderost