About the Artist: Vonda Hartsell

I am a Lincoln native and have been interested in drawing and painting since early childhood. My Grandmother was very creative and showed me how to express myself with arts and crafts. She was a big influence in my passion for art.

Due to her inspiration and my parent's support I pursued a Bachelor of Journalism with Minors in Art, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After several years in the business world, I received my Master of Arts degree at Doane College in Management. My work background consists of developing business strategies, creating advertising and marketing campaigns, organizing company events and promotions, and establishing client relationships. I am currently employed at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Marketing & Communications.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, family and friends. My hobbies include oil painting, photography, volunteering, boating, First Friday art walks, watching our son play sports, and travel. Our favorite destination is Hawaii where we visit family.

My husband, son and I are huge fans of the Lincoln Children's Zoo. This is why I wanted to support this project and help educate the public that we are all stewards of the environment. In addition, I thought this would be a fun way to teach our son how to paint as we share the beauty of Hawaii.

Other rain barrels by this artist:
2014: "Prairie Kisses"

Artwork Interpretation: "Aloha Hawaii"

The Aloha spirit of Hawaii awakens you with breathtaking beauty. The islands energize you with the scent of hibiscus flowers as you find the hidden wonders on the shores and in the ocean. Enjoy the island paradise with dramatic mountain views, swaying palms, flowering trees or a brilliant rainbow. You can indulge in the comforts of natural wonders like a sneaky gecko, honu, playful dolphins, whales or a bursting blowhole. How do you think all of these things survive? The benefits of pure and natural rainwater keep Hawaii lush, green and vibrant! Look around, and see all of the natural beauty that God has created and how rainwater helps the earth.

This artwork is dedicated to several family members who are now in heaven: Grandma Evelyn Hume who helped me to enjoy art at an early age; Great Aunt Evelyn Trumble who helped to define my artistic techniques; and my father-in-law Frank Hartsell, who lays to rest beyond the shores of Waikiki.