Cindy Coats Gallery
“Colorful, whimsical and sometimes a little off kilter” is how artist Cindy Coats describes her artwork. “Color is as important to me and to each painting as the subject itself. I spend hours, sometimes days, on the color composition of each painting.” You’ll know you’ve found the Cindy Coats Gallery located on the corner of Ali‘i Drive and Palani Road because of her dedication to color.
Imagine a cat with a fish tail (catfish) or cows dressed in vibrant mu‘umuʻu. “All my ideas come from my imagination,” says Coats. “I keep a list of ideas. Whenever something hits me or I have an idea, I jot it down—the list keeps growing. I doubt I’ll ever be able to do all the paintings I want in this lifetime!”
Although Coats has done commissioned artwork for the likes of Sting; Santana; Crosby, Stills and Nash; and a commemorative work for the Ironman World Championships, one of her most memorable pieces is “Dogs Love Trucks” that she painted for her husband as a Christmas gift.
“I had no intention of making prints at the time,” she says. “It was just a gift with our two dogs Cosmo and Stevie Rae. I had no idea it would become so popular—it’s even a wine label now. Another is ‘Expect the Unexpected’; I had a vision of that for the longest time...our dog Pi in a boat with all this chaos going on and her looking straight ahead, heading ‘true north.’”
Coats still enjoys a working relationship with the Ironman World Championships, “but that doesn’t mean any more to me than the person who buys a couple of prints and thinks about their Kona visit everyday!” she assures us. “After 23 years in Kona and 13 in my own gallery, I still LOVE what I do. I love painting, I love meeting and talking with people about my work, and I love the fact that I get to do what I love in the most beautiful place in the world!”
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