Arlene Woo has been painting with water media since 1999. Charlie Higa’s playful approach made her first venture into watercolor a positive experience which ledher to study with Robert R. Dvorak of California and George Woollard of Honolulu. Her love of process and challenge has led her to a variety of subjects ranging from waves to flowers to still life to abstract. Collage, acrylics, and encaustics are also part of her art.
Three of Woo’s watercolor paintings were accepted in the first show she entered — the Windward Artists Guild Open Exhibition September 2001. Subsequently, WAG, the Hawaii Watercolor Society, and the Association of Hawaii Artists have accepted her paintings in many juried shows, leading to status as a Signature Member of HWS in 2010.
Woo has been selected to participate in the Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence Art Exhibitions and in the International Artists Society of Hawaii exhibition at the Blaisdell Center. In addition a number of her paintings and two border designs are in the Queen’s Medical Center.
Most recently Woo’s painting “Hideaway” was given the Juror’s award in the Hawaii Watercolor Society exhibit 2014 at The Arts at Marks and was purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Woo is a resident artist at Louis Pohl Gallery.
Some of Woo’s images may be viewed on the following sites: