Sunday, February 4, 2024

Did you know that Marionette also does Pet Portraits?


As an artist I am mostly known for my paintings of Kauai - tropical landscapes and seascapes, ocean life, exotic flowers, etc.. - but I have been doing custom pet portraits for years.  It is an amazing way to celebrate your favorite loyal companion.   I've also painted several as memorial gifts for special pets that have passed away in honor of their tremendous love.

 If you would like your own original pet portrait, just contact me and I'll give you the details.  As well as dogs, I've done cats, llamas, horses, guinea pigs, and even an axolotl. πŸΎπŸ’œπŸΎ❤️🐾




Sunday, January 21, 2024

Starting the Year Right with New Sea Turtle Art


Honu Hugs and Love -  available as a print at my Etsy shop


 Poipu Turtles at Sunset - Original Acrylic Painting on stretched canvas

My painting theme for 2024 so far has been the lovable green sea turtle, also known as honu in Hawaiian.  They have really made an extraordinary comeback of the last few years, and it is a truly an incredible phenomenon to witness where the green sea turtles come ashore at sunset on Poipu Beach. It warms my heart to see the population increasing on Kauai, and it fills me with a sense of wonder and hope. If you visit, please keep your distance and do not touch them. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy their company.

They are such gentle and loving creatures and that's why I painted "Honu Hugs and Love".  I saw these two love turtles hanging out at Poipu Beach one evening when there was about 40 turtles on the beach at sunset. They were off in their own little corner snuggling and cuddling, so I just had to capture this moment on canvas.

 Joyfully Living - Original Acrylic Painting on stretched canvas


  Let it Shine - Original Acrylic Painting on stretched canvas


  Transform the World - Original Acrylic Painting on stretched canvas

As 2023 was winding down, I was painting my "Celebration of the Feminine Divine" theme with more powerful women gazing out over the ocean while contemplating their life's journey and what they need to accomplish for 2024.  In "Transform the World" this lady is signalling her call to action to create positive change that can make a difference in the world to heal our planet and bring forth love and joy to all of its inhabitants.  In "Let it Shine" she is celebrating the radiant energy of life itself and taking a moment to express her gratitude for all that is good in the world. And finally, "Joyfully Living" expresses contentment. She is happy, fulfilled and thankful for the blessings bestowed on her.  Mahalo Ke Akua!

I hope you have enjoyed these new pieces of art.  Aloha from the Garden Island of Kauai!


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Ceramic Tiles Now Available to Order Online at my Etsy Shop!



These decorative ceramic tiles can be found in many gift shops throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and now I am carrying them in my Etsy Shop for easy online ordering.  I have about eight images to choose from, but almost any painting I have can be made into a tile as a custom order.  Just go to my Etsy shop and send me a note.

The tiles are available in two sizes, 6"x6" and 8"x8" and can be used as as a trivet, displayed on an easel or hung on a wall. They have a cork backing to protect your furniture and a hook for hanging.  Each tile is specially made to order by my production partner on the Big Island of Hawaii.  They will be ready to ship via USPS Priority Mail in one to two weeks.  

I hope you've enjoyed my art!  Have a warm and beautiful day 🌺❤️πŸŒΊπŸ’›πŸŒΊπŸ’œ

Aloha from Kauai,


Monday, September 18, 2023

What's New and On the Easel?

Summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner, but you'd never know it if you live on the island of Kauai.  (Still feels like summer to me!  LOL)  I've been busy painting as usual and these are some of my latest creations:

Radiant Kalalau Valley is a 14"x18" original acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Kalalau Valley on the island of Kauai is one of my favorite spots on this earth with it's emerald cliffs that rise up from the sea and patches of red dirt that peek out as the sunshine illuminates the rugged valleys. In the foreground are native ohia lehua trees which are sadly declining due to a deadly fungus that threatens to take out all of these amazing trees in the state of Hawaii. I hope that my painting preserves this moment in time so everyone can enjoy it's beauty.
Nap Time is a 12"x16" original acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Almost every day we see Hawaiian Monk Seals napping on the beach in this particular spot in the Poipu area. I love how their faces exude contentment and joy as they spend the day sunbathing on this relaxing Kauai beach. I think they have the right idea!
The Real Kauai Tree Tunnel is a 16"x20" original acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
The one thing you will probably remember the most about Kauai is our beloved chicken and rooster population - no matter how gorgeous the beaches and scenery are. You will also enjoy driving down the picturesque and famous tree tunnel. Now imagine a tree tunnel filled with chickens!  

The Gift of Aloha is a 12"x16" original acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
This lovely hula gal is dancing in a garden filled with tropical ti plants in the beautiful paradise we call Hawaii. She has just finished her performance and is about to offer her lei of aloha to someone special as a token of her love, joy, compassion, and gratitude.
And these are some of my newest images that are now available as prints: 

Blue Jade Vine
I have always wanted to paint one of these exotic vines ever since the first time I saw one many years ago. So when my friend asked me to photograph hers and her garden, I jumped at the chance to paint these beautiful turquoise and jade colored flowers.
Hawaiian Canoe
While going for a walk on the beach at Kauai's Kalapaki Bay, I came across this lovely koa wood canoe resting on the beach in the shade of some palm trees. It was parked right outside of Duke's Restaurant. I guess the owner must have stopped for lunch and a cool, refreshing beverage before continuing the journey. Or maybe it was the Hula Pie!

Little Lizard

One of the things I love about living in Hawaii are the cute animals and lizards. This one is an anole that my sister photographed when she was visiting. He is having fun navigating his way through the tropical plants at the resort. Anoles, geckos, chameleons - they are all so much fun to watch.


Na Pali Radiance

Kauai's Na Pali Coast's will amaze you with it's jagged cliffs that rise steeply and sharply above the turquoise blue of the ocean. Here we see rays of light illuminating these emerald valleys carved into the landscape by the crashing waves and rain over millions of years. I am awestruck by the grand beauty that nature has created for us to enjoy! 


The Journey Begins
For these baby sea turtles, their journey is just beginning as they take their first swim in the ocean from a secret beach on the island of Kauai. They are headed to their new home in the ocean, but will return to this beach to rest and sunbathe in the tropical Hawaiian sun.

Surf's Up
The surf is indeed up on Kauai's north shore and guess who decided to catch a wave? Yep, our beloved chickens and roosters! Hope you enjoy this funny slice of Kauai life.
Radiant Bird of Paradise
When the warm Hawaiian sun catches the Bird of Paradise just right, it almost seems to be glowing from within. I love the way this flower radiates light and color.
I hope you have enjoyed my latest creations!
Aloha from Kauai,

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

2024 Kauai Art Calendars Have Arrived!



I am so happy to announce my new 2024 Calendars feature three different themes this year!  We have Tropical Flowers of Kauai, Whimsical Animals of Kauai and The Spirit of Kauai.  Most of the images in the calendars are from my recent artworks.  They are available at my Zazzle shop:

Tropical Flowers of Kauai

Whimsical Animals of Kauai

The Spirit of Kauai

For more wacky Kauai/Hawaii stuff visit my Zazzle shop at  




Aloha from Kauai and Mahalo for checking out my art!


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Find Marionette's Art at Cane Field Clothing and Gallery on Kauai

I am so excited to announce that some of my original paintings are now available at a super lovely boutique at Kilohana called Cane Field Clothing and Gallery.  It's located upstairs from the famous Gaylord's restaurant in Lihue.  

A big Mahalo Nui Loa goes out to Cheri and Dawn for choosing my art for this chic island boutique!  According to the website, "Cheri and Tiare Atkins, the mother/daughter powerhouse duo, opened Cane Field Clothing & Gallery in the grand master bedroom at Kilohana Plantation in 2012.  Together they have created a stylish and fun shopping experience for kama’aina as well as the many visitors who stop by the Plantation every day."

Here I am with Cheri the day we had fun hanging the art work.

Just some of my favorite goodies available here!

So when you are dining out at Gaylord's, going for a train ride, or on a rum safari, please feel free to pop in upstairs for a unique collection of fashion, gifts, and ART!!

Mahalo for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!

Monday, January 16, 2023

New Year - New Art! Kauai Fine Art for 2023 by Marionette Taboniar

We made it to 2023, and I've been busy creating lots of new art!  My favorite paintings are the two beach scenes with ladies because they remind me of me and my personal connection to the ocean and to Kauai.  Let me know which one of my new paintings is your favorite.  I'd love to hear.  I hope you will enjoy these new creations!

"Living the Dream" is now available as a 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 or 12x16 print.  Custom sizes are also available:

Whether you were born and raised on Kauai, moved here, or are a visitor, you can be "Living the Dream" like this young lady and feel just as exuberant and blissful every time you dip your toes in the ocean.



"First Whale Sighting" is now available as a 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 or 12x16 print.  Custom sizes are also available:

You know that special feeling you experienced the first time you ever saw a whale breach in person? It's like the 4th of July, Christmas, and New Years all rolled up into one!


"First Breach" is an original acrylic painting on canvas 16"x20".
It's the beginning of whale watching season, and this fella is making his first splash in the ocean on a stormy day. I always enjoy painting these magnificent creatures to welcome them back to the Hawaiian islands every year.
"Tako Confetti" is an 11"x14" original acrylic painting on canvas.  

Lately I've been intrigued by the shapes and colors of the octopus tentacles and had to try my hand at a colorful abstract featuring what we call in Hawaii tako. 
Mahalo for taking a peek at my art!  There are many more originals and prints at my main website:
See my other shops featuring cool products with my art on them like pillows, mugs, calendars, tiles, and much more at 
Have a fun and safe 2023!  Aloha from Kauai,