Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawai'i

Georgia O'keeffe's Hawai'i

By Patricia Jennings and Maria Ausherman

Full Color
Includes O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i Paintings,
Period Photos, & Letters from Maui

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For three months in 1939, Georgia O’Keeffe visited Hawai‘i and painted the Islands’ tropical plants and landscapes, capturing their essence and beauty. During two weeks on Maui, 12-year-old Patricia Jennings served as O’Keeffe’s guide and companion, showing her the lush valleys and hills of Wailuku and the plunging waterfalls, lava bridges, and black-sand beaches of Hāna. The bond forged between the Hawai‘i preteen and the American icon lasted a lifetime, and O’Keeffe’s letters and paintings give us a view of the Islands through the lens of the great American artist.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i sheds light on a transitional period in O’Keeffe’s art and life, and shares for the first time this inspiring coming-of-age story. Patricia Jennings, now 85 and great-grandmother of three, lives on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Coauthor Maria Ausherman is an educator and art writer in New York.


Interesting insight into an unexplored chapter in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe.”

--June O’Keeffe Sebring, niece of the painter