About the Artist
Aloha, I am Joel P Heinz Sr. Born in Hastings, Minnesota and raised in Northern
California, I served in the Army in Vietnam. I have three sons, who still reside in
California and am blessed with seven grand children. After taking early retirement in
California, my wife Kathy and I are now living our dream in Maui.
In 1995, I began painting using acrylic paint on canvas. All of my art training has
come from associating with other artists and the joy of experimentation and
discovery. My favorite subject was Tropical Marine; I loved it so. When I painted the
sea and all the delightful things therein, it brought me peace and everything else fell
into place. I dabbled in Egyptian art for a short time in order to work in detail, a
noticeable characteristic of most of my early work. I wanted my detailed artwork on
canvas to be clearly seen whether viewed up close or from a distance.
During the 21 years prior to moving to Maui, I gained an appreciation for the
Hawaiian culture and it's primitive art. This has led to subject-matter changes in my
canvas paintings. Intrigued by the geometric designs on Polynesian tattoos and on
Hawaiian Kapa as well as the historical significance of ancient Hawaiian petroglyph
rock carvings, I began to combine these cultural icons in my paintings. Through the
years, I'd taken artist's license to create a few of my own petroglyph designs. The
acquisition of authentic Polynesian Tapa Cloth in 2007 led to a creative painting
frenzy that I am still enjoying today. In fact, it has been quite some time since my
brush last touched canvas. If you would like more information about Tapa Cloth,
After much encouragement from friends, I began sculpting some of my favorite
Hawaiian petroglyphs in Koa Wood, a native Hawaiian hard wood treasured for its
beautiful grain. I have also carved lava rock, blue rock, tumbled marble, Turkish
limestone, and fiberglass to create platforms for my koa wood carvings, coaster
sets, and commissioned garden decor. If you would like more information about
Koa Wood, click HERE
Mahalo for visiting my site and allowing me to share a small piece of the Hawaiian
culture we love. Please click on any of the tabs at the top of the column to the left
to view my various works. A "search" box is also provided if you wish to look for
specific items. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
Paintings by Joel
|Paintings on Kapa
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Galleries, Events, and Festivals
- Turnbull Studios and Sculpture Garden, Wailuku, HI (kapa paintings and
coasters); see Turnbull's Website for gallery days & hours
- Hana Coast Gallery, adjacent to Hotel Hana-Maui, Hana, HI (kapa paintings,
coasters), see Hana Coast's Website for gallery hours.
- Maui Hands, Hyatt Regency, Ka'anapali; Paia; and Front Street Lahaina (kapa
paintings, koa wood sculptures), see Maui Hands' Website for gallery hours.
- Maui Ocean Center, Retail Store, Ma'alaea, Maui, (kapa paintings, coasters)
open 9 to 5 daily.
- Maui Ocean Center, Monday's and Friday's in the Maui Ocean Center
(Aquarium)'s Hawaiians and the Sea Exhibit, Ma'alaea, Maui, 10AM to 4PM.
NOTE: I was hospitalized for 5 days beginning July 3 and am currently recovering
at home. My doctor just released me to return to work Monday, August 15, 2016! I
may work shorter hours at first, but I can't wait to be back at the Maui Ocean
Center. I really miss everyone!!
Festivals & Special Events
- SF Aloha Festival, annual event held each year the first weekend in August at
the San Mateo County Event Center in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. I
have "retired" from this event but encourage friends to attend for great arts and
crafts, entertainment, and food. For further information, please check this
website: PICA Website.
- George Na'ope Hula Festival, annual event held each year the third weekend of
July at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Sacramento, CA. I have "retired": but I
encourage friends to attend for great arts and crafts and hula dancing. For more
info, click on this website: the Kane Hula Website.
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Paintings by Joel
|Joel P. Heinz, Sr.
16 Laupapa Place, Haiku, HI 96708
Studio Phone (808) 575-2746
Hawaii Cell (808) 283-6901
California Cell (510) 612-8292
My Great News!!!
At the age of 71 years, I am finally "semi-retiring." I'll continue to sell at the Maui
Ocean Center for a while and through Art Galleries representing me. We want to be
able to travel and enjoy life in this beautiful place we call home.