Koi 1 by Karin Novak-Neal
Karin’s art career took off shortly after taking an early retirement and moving to Kona, Hawaii. She and her husband opened an art gallery and artist supply store across from the Banyans Beach in Kailua. Her watercolor style took a bold, more dramatic and distinctive step towards ‘abstract’ after being introduced to the many colorful tropical flowers and trees. Because of this, her work became more colorful and larger.
She took on instructing when she realized that no one was teaching a ‘beginning from basics’ class in watercolors. Afterwards, she created a workshop based on her extensive knowledge of that medium. This was an instant hit and continues to be so today. One of Karin’s most popular workshops in Hawaii was pastels. The students are encouraged work in a large format.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.