Updated: September 30, 2022
Roxanne and I want to share our latest bit of magical Maui news: I’ve just installed 12 original works of art created for “one of the top hotel openings in 2013” – the Andaz Maui at Wailea. This resort earns many “firsts” – it is the first LEED-certified hotel in Hawaii, it is Maui’s first resort with truly modern design, and it is the first to have some of its art sourced directly from the site environment itself.
That is where I come in to the story. Many months after meeting the General Manager, Michael Stephens, at a friend’s house for dinner, (thank you Frank) Roxanne was cleaning her desk of numerous acquired business cards. One was Michael’s and she dropped him a quick hello. He replied that he wanted me to come in for a meeting. He had been following my work and wanted to talk about a commission for the Executive Offices.
Less than three months following that initial discussion, the installation was complete – literally hours before the soft opening of the resort! I am so grateful to Michael for appreciating my work and giving me artistic license to wander the resort and create! Though our initial proposal called for waiting until after the hotel opening to begin shooting, Michael encouraged me to start immediately. It speaks of the extraordinary beauty and mana of this resort that I was able to capture the range and depth of Series 1 – even before the site work was completed.
We’ve been working with Shane Robinson and I’ve got to tell you, the art pieces that he has created are phenomenal! We’re very proud to be associated with Shane. It’s quite a momentous day for us. Shane, thank you very much. – Michael Stephens, General Manager, Andaz Maui at Wailea
Details About the Andaz Art Commission
One of my favorite compliments is that several of the staff have asked to order pieces for their homes. We are making plans with the Andaz to have this work available for purchase. In addition, we hired Matt and Madelynne of Maui Creative Photography to document the installation of the work!
You can view the images in Andaz Art Series 1 here.
We have also created Andaz desktop wallpaper images for your iDevices and computer so you can share in the experience of Series 1.