On the wall

On the wall
Art for those with a warm affection for color
Image: Courtesy Virginia Bishop

Island Illusions

On the wall / Life’s an empty canvas for acrylic painter Virginia Bishop.

“My art grows with my life,” says Bishop. Her work has been commissioned by Hawaiian Airlines, Bishop Museum, Hale Koa Hotel and Dole Plantation. But Bishop says it’s her son, Kai, who is her favorite work of art.

Originally from New York, Bishop has been painting since she was 6 years old and says that a visit to Hawaii in 1984 inspired a major crush. “I fell in love with the colors and energy [of the islands],” she says. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bishop says she had a five-year “rebellious … weird identity phase.” But adds, “You can’t retire from art–it doesn’t go away.”

From Christmas cards to large murals, Bishop’s vibrant pieces of work remind us how not to overlook energy, color and perspective.