Jefferson Stillwell: I live in a colorful world filled with odd and amusing characters that inhabit the land, the sea and other galaxies. These images are always in my head, banging away to be released and bring a smile to the viewer. They are fun, funny, usually cute, sometimes on the edge but always harmless. My characters can also appear in three dimensions created of foam board, clay, wood or cement. Some roam freely in our Kihei garden. Occasionally, a painting will pour out that is devoid of my friends; some are more serious, abstract or graphic.
I was formerly artist-in-residence at Main Street Bistro, Wailuku. My work has been included in several juried exhibitions, including Art Maui at Schaefer International Gallery and the Hui No‘eau. My piece, Migration, was shown in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. My illustrations have appeared in Hugh Carpenter’s cookbooks Pacific Flavors and Chopstix.
I moved to Maui permanently in 2004 from Carlsbad, CA. After earning a BFS from Cal State Los Angeles, I worked as a graphic designer for the L A Times Magazine and was Creative Director (Western Region) for Watson Wyatt Worldwide in La Jolla.