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2017 News

Catherine Robbins at Hawaii Nei 2016

Opening reception for the juried art exhibit Imagine 2017 held on June 2 at the Wailoa Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi (photos clockwise from left): lava rock fountain at the center of the two-story, circular gallery; Catherine’s paintings Mauna Kea Winter and Magma ; new murals and dusk view of Mauna Kea; Wailoa Director Codie M. King (center) during the festivities; walkway up to the gallery entrance.
Photos by Tom Peek.

 

 

Rhythm. The incandescent lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater rises and falls to Pele’s molten rhythm. Her fiery heat lights up the crater walls and illuminates the gas plume and evening clouds in vibrant hues.

Catherine Robbins - Rhythm - Kilauea Series

“Catherine Robbins has created paintings that have captured the spirituality of places like Mauna Kea and Kilauea volcano.” A. Okinaka, Hilo, Hawaiʻi

2016 News

New! Song for the Rainforest. The smooth leaf buds of the kolea lau nui tree catch starlight amid the shadows of Kilauea’s rainforest . . . or is their gleam the pure essence of new life? I sense their song for the forest and the heavens. The magical kolea lau nui (Myrsine lessertiana) is found only in the Hawaiian Islands.

Catherine Robbins - Song for the Rainforest - Plants of Hawaii Series

Catherine Robbins at Hawaii Nei 2016

Opening reception for Hawaiʻi Nei 2016 on November 4 in Hilo, Hawaiʻi (photos clockwise from upper left): The Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center; Mauna Kea at sunset; an art patron with Catherine Robbins’ Beacons of the Forest; entryway to the gala event; Catherine with her oil painting Beacons of the Forest ; artists arriving at the reception (from left) Catherine, Elizabeth Miller, and John and Kathy Dawson.
Photos by Tom Peek.

 

 

New! Presence. Halema‘uma‘u’s gas plume – a body form of the goddess Pele – dances and swirls, a mysterious, beckoning presence. Clouds off the Pacific press against the slopes of Mauna Loa, while Pu‘u Pua‘i – a cinder cone birthed in 1959 – presides over Kilauea Iki crater. Click on the painting for more information and purchase options.

Catherine Robbins - Presence - Kilauea Series

“Catherine's paintings captured me from the moment I discovered her work. The balance and beauty of the color and thoughtful compositions show a deep love and respect for the land. The colors seem to glow with an inner light of their own. Her paintings of the volcanoes of Hawaii, vividly speak to an underlying power of the forces deep within the earth.” ~P. Barvoets, Schenectady, N.Y.

New! Ancient Place. The summit of Kilauea volcano, Uwekahuna, rises four hundred feet above the caldera floor, where the luminescent gases of Halema‘uma‘u crater mark the presence of its molten lava lake. Mauna Loa, earth’s largest volcano, towers above Kilauea, its gently sloping flank only hinting at its immensity. Click on the painting for a complete description of the work and purchase options.

Catherine Robbins - Ancient Place - Kilauea Series

"Ms. Robbins use of vibrant colors is what first caught my eye. The dramatic yellows and reds give the impression that the volcano could erupt at any moment. Having this painting in our home is a wonderful token of our trip to Halemaʻumaʻu, but more importantly it is a reminder of the power and beauty of Mother Nature." ~A. Roehrig, Denver, Colorado

New! Meeting of the Mountains. I feel uplifted as I stand in the presence of three giant volcanoes – Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Each of the three giants is mysterious and powerful in its own way, and the broad plains where they meet feel charged with electricity. Click on the painting for a complete description of the work and purchase options.

Catherine Robbins - Meeting of the Mountains - Mauna Kea Series

New! Pele's Realm. I’m astounded by Mauna Loa’s mammoth size, visible when the volcano isn’t masked by clouds. Low on Mauna Loa’s flanks, Kilauea – one of the world’s most active volcanoes – erupts. Click on the painting for a complete description of the work and purchase options. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Peles Realm - Kilauea Series

"The cards arrived today. They are so gorgeous! You have really captured the mana of the scenes. I’m so excited that these get to be our wedding invites/announcements." ~L. Arigi, Wheaton, Illinois

"We absolutely LOVE your work. My husband and I always purchase local artwork when we travel, and your work is truly some of the most heartfelt that we have come across." ~P. Maguire-Rother, Alabaster, Alabama

New! White Rainbow and Mauna Loa. A white rainbow appears above Mauna Loa’s snowcapped summit, and I pause to savor its luminescent grandeur. Far below, Halemaʻumaʻu’s gas plume is a steadfast reminder of the power of Kilauea’s molten lava lake. Click on the painting for a complete description of the work and purchase options including cards, matted prints and giclees on canvas. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Peles Realm - Kilauea Series

2015 News

New! Moonset and Mauna Loa. The biggest, closest, brightest “supermoon” of the year migrates over the island and sets behind Mauna Loa, earth’s largest volcano. Click on the painting for more information. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Moonset and Mauna Loa - Kilauea Series

New! Halemaʻumaʻu Dawn. Morning light illuminates the plume at the summit of Kilauea. Click on the painting for more information. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Halemaumau Dawn - Kilauea Series

New! Halemaʻumaʻu Lava Lake. For two weeks in the spring of 2015, the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu rose – bubbling and fountaining – to the rim of the vent. Click on the painting for purchase options. Click on the painting for more information. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Halemaumau Lava Lake - Kilauea Series

New! Halemaʻumaʻu Dusk. As daylight fades on the south rim of Kilauea caldera, Halemaʻumaʻu’s magnificent plume, dressed in tones of grey by day, transforms into a vigorous mix of crimson, orange and yellow as night falls. Its wild melding of colors evokes wonder and awe. Click on the painting for purchase options. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Halemaumau Dusk - Kilauea Series

New! Passage to the High Country. The immense cinder cones standing between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa prepare travelers for the island’s transcendent high country. The cones, reminders of the land’s vigorous, explosive past dwarf passersby. Fast-moving clouds carried on strong trade winds pour through the saddle obscuring views of the mountain’s higher reaches. Click on the painting for purchase options. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Passage to the High Country - Mauna Kea Series

2014 News

New! Mauna Kea Sunrise. The rising sun illuminates Puʻu Poliʻahu while Mauna Kea’s magnificent shadow fills the western sky. Miles away and thousands of feet lower, Hualalai peeks above the cloud layer. Click on the painting for a complete description of the artwork and information about how to purchase a full-size giclee print on canvas, matted print on photographic paper or greeting cards. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Mauna Kea Sunrise - Mauna Kea Series

New! Ancient Trail. An ancient trail on Mauna Kea’s north plain. Pu‘u Makanaka rises above the surrounding landscape, with Red Hill in the foreground. Click on the painting for a complete description of the artwork and purchase information.

Catherine Robbins - Ancient Trail - Mauna Kea Series

New! Greater Forces. Crimson-hued gases undulate steadily out of Halemaʻumaʻu’s erupting vent. This night, the gas plume explodes into enormous, billowing clouds filling the sky above the crater. Click on the painting for purchase options. Contact the artist here to purchase the original.

Catherine Robbins - Greater Forces - Kilauea Series

Catherine Robbins at the Shops at Mauna Lani Hawaii

Third Dimension Gallery, located in the Shops at Mauna Lani on Hawaii Island’s magical Kohala coast, now represents Catherine’s work and has a splendid collection of her original oil paintings. Third Dimension’s elegant and eclectic collection of paintings and sculptures awakens the muse and inspires the soul.

 

 

Catherine Robbins at Volcano Art Center

In March the Volcano Art Center Gallery – located in the historic 1877 Volcano House Hotel in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park – showcased Catherine’s oil paintings of Kilauea and native plants in their main gallery room. Her paintings of the summit eruption at night are shown above the fireplace, flanking a historic painting of Kilauea by D. Howard Hitchcock, a renowned Volcano School artist from the early 1900s. Catherine is pictured above watching the Halemaʻumaʻu plume from Keanakakoi crater.

 

 

Catherine Robbins at Volcano Garden Arts

Volcano Garden Arts - a distinctive art gallery and café in Volcano Village on the island of Hawaiʻi – features an extensive collection of Catherine’s work, including full-size giclee prints on canvas and original oils. Catherine is pictured above with Ira Ono, internationally recognized artist and owner of the gallery.

 

 

2013 News

Catherine Robbins - Hawaii Deep Beauty and Volcanic Power

Catherine Robbins - Presents on North American Book tour for Daughters of Fire - Kilauea Series

Hawaiʻi: Deep Beauty and Volcanic Power - Catherine discussed her artistic inspiration with a crowd of over sixty Michigan residents at the Ann Arbor District Library on October 29 as part of the Daughters of Fire North American book tour. Photographs of her oil paintings and Kilauea and Mauna Kea volcanoes showed the attendees examples of the spectacular, wild beauty found on the island of Hawaiʻi.
 
 
Moderated by Dr. Susan Najita, Professor of English and American Culture at the University of Michigan, Catherine also talked about how she cultivated her connection to the island and how Hawaiʻi speaks to the perenniel themes that she works on in her life. Also participating on the panel were June Tanoue, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Tom Peek. Catherine and Tom returned home to Hawaiʻi in mid-November after a stimulating and inspiring five-week North American book tour!

Catherine is joining her husband Tom Peek, author of the award-winning novel Daughters of Fire, on his North American Book Tour! For a complete schedule of book tour events, click here http://daughtersoffire.com/news/2013-north-american-author-tour.

Catherine Robbins - Tom Peek Daughter's of Fire North American Book Tour 2013

On October 29, Catherine will participate in a panel discussion, “Hawaiʻi: Deep Beauty and Volcanic Power” http://www.aadl.org/node/232882 at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Catherine will show slides of her Hawaiʻi inspired paintings and discuss her artistic practice. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang will read from "Where the Lava Meets the Sea—Asian Pacific American Postcards from Hawai‘i", a collection of her essays, prose, poems and short stories, and Tom Peek will read from his award-winning novel, Daughters of Fire. Dr. Susan Najita, Professor of English at the University of Michigan, will moderate the discussion. Light Hawaiian snacks will be served. Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Multipurpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Catherine Robbins - Hawaii Deep Beauty and Volcanic Power

New! Night Vision depicts a dark night at Halemaʻumaʻu. One without illumination from the moon or stars, lit only by the saffron glow of the volcano. Click on the painting for a larger view, description of the work and information about how to purchase giclee prints. If you are interested in purchasing the original, please inquire using this website’s contact page.

Catherine Robbins - Night Vision - Kilauea Series

New! Predawn at Kilauea shows Halemaʻumaʻu’s towering gas plume, illuminated by the molten lava lake at its base and the full moon. Click on the painting for a larger view, description of the work and information about how to purchase cards and giclee prints. If you are interested in purchasing the original, please inquire using this website’s contact page

Catherine Robbins - Inner Glow - Kilauea Series
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celebrated the cooperative’s 2nd anniversary on May 10 with presentations by member artists, spirited discussions and ono (delicious) refreshments.

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New! Pele’s Night (left) and Inner Glow (right) depict nighttime views of the current eruption at Halemaʻumaʻu on Kilauea volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Click on either painting for a larger view, description of the work and information about how to purchase giclee prints. If you are interested in purchasing originals, please inquire using this website’s contact page.

Catherine Robbins - Pele's Night

Catherine Robbins - Inner Glow - Kilauea Series

2012 News

New Paintings! Please click on either painting for a description of the artwork and information about how to purchase a full-size giclee print on canvas or matted print. Lotus Hum (pictured on the left) was commissioned to hang in a Hilo business on the island of Hawaiʻi

Catherine Robbins - Lotus Hum

Catherine Robbins - Essence of Light

This giclee print of Heart to Heart measures 48” x 60”, six times larger than the original painting! The enlarged print was commissioned to hang in the Volcano Mist Cottage, "a little luxe hideaway on the Big Island."
 
If you are interested in a custom sized print, please inquire using this website’s contact page and include in your email the title of your selected painting and desired finished size.

Heart to Heart

Catherine and her volcano-inspired paintings featured on ABC’s Born to Explore television show.
The program was filmed at the Volcano Art Center Gallery during the Observation/Inspiration Exhibit, and aired on April 28. Click here to view a short preview of the show in which Catherine talks about how terra firma isn’t so firm when you live on one of the world’s most active volcanoes!


A lively crowd mingled during the 1st Anniversary Celebration of the Stairway to Art gallery on April 14 in downtown Hilo. Stairway to Art is an artists’ cooperative and gallery that Catherine joined in early 2012. Some of Catherine’s work is visible on the right side of the photos.


Stairway to Art 2012

New Paintings! Click on any painting image for information about the art and how to purchase greeting cards, matted prints or giclee prints online.

  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center
  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center
  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center

Observation/Inspiration Exhibit Opening Reception, Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, January 7, 2012. Read what the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said about the exhibit by clicking here ››

  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center
  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center
  • Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center

Upcoming Exhibit! Catherine, with her Kilauea paintings, will be one of three artists featured at a Volcano Art Center Gallery show from January 7, 2012 - February 19, 2012. This special exhibition will celebrate the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory's centennial! The opening reception will be at the VAC gallery in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Please come!

Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center

2011 News

Heart to Heart and Halema‘uma‘u III are displayed in the historic Volcano Art Center gallery’s main room. The paintings depict Kilauea volcano’s current summit eruption in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (Spring, 2011).

Catherine Robbins Volcano Art Center

An original rendering of Halema‘uma‘u (circa early 1920s) by D. Howard Hitchcock – a leading member of the Volcano School of artists – can be seen painted directly on the chimney above the fireplace between Heart to Heart and Halema‘uma‘u III.

2010 News

Kolea lau nui III takes second place in the paintings division at the Wailoa Center’s E Komo Mai 2 show in Hilo, Hawai‘i (November 5-23, 2010).

Kolea lau nui II (shown in top left corner of photo) is accepted and displayed as a fine art print in Keaau Fine Art Center’s Digital4Print show (November 19 – December 18, 2010).