Returning from vacation is always tough, especially when you've spent a couple of weeks in paradise. But, it's easier when you can bring some memories home with you.
My wife and I are back from a two-week vacation on Oahu in Hawaii. The weather was near perfect. As the old saying goes, the worst day in Hawaii is still better than most days somewhere else. We had a great time - sightseeing, hitting the beach, reading a bunch of good books and just relaxing and watching the sunset every day. However, the highlight of our trip was visiting an art gallery. Does that sound a bit strange?
Since our first visit to Kauai many years ago, we've been in love with the seascape paintings of renowned artist Roy Tabora. The way that he captures the magic of the islands is mesmerizing. If you ever have the opportunity to experience Roy's paintings up-close, you'll understand what I mean. The water glistens; you can almost feel the breeze and his sunsets are as beautiful as the real thing.
Born into a family of famous painters, Roy was reportedly holding a brush and creating pleasant surprises by his fourth birthday. Roy Tabora has made the short list of remarkable artists that can make paintings come alive as crowds gather around his work. He can often be found near the sidewalk entry to his gallery on Waikiki. He loves it when guests enter the gallery and watch over his shoulder as he works his magic on the canvas. And, don't be shy to ask a question. My wife asked Roy, "How do you know when to stop?" Roy replied, "I always quit right before I mess it up."
Roy Tabora has two galleries on Oahu (one on the main street in Waikiki and one on North Shore). In addition, Roy's work will be available at a new gallery on Kauai within the next few days. His story and artwork are also revealed in a published book that's available called TABORA: An Artist's Perspective. Guests at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort on Oahu have the pleasure of enjoying an awe inspiring 9-by-12-foot, oil-on-canvas painting of Roy's that adorns the hotel lobby.
If every picture tells a story, Roy Tabora has written an entire library of best sellers. Enjoy the view!