The Big Island’s Calley O’Neill is a highly respected
conservation and cultural artist and muralist, with a
long term and broad range of creative and
Journalists have described her as a ‘force of nature’, a ‘wayfinder’, a ‘positive force’, and her diverse art as 'ethnovisionary', 'dynamic', ‘leading edge’, and 'breathtaking', noting her 'crystalline mastery of
Her art, which spans more than four decades, finds its expression primarily in public stained glass mosaic murals that honor the Hawaiian people and their ancestral wisdom, and large, provocative interspecies wildlife thangka paintings. Her art speaks to human evolution,
transformation, and the conservation of nature.
Calley is also a dedicated conservationist, as well as a phenomenally talented and really hard working artist. Combining her artistic abilities with an equally phenomenal elephant artist, Calley has a passion for using her gifts to benefit the endangered ones of the planet.
Visit TheRamaExhibition and learn more about this worldwide effort toward increasing awareness of biodiversity. This is the essence of their collaborative exhibition entitled Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones – An Epic Journey of Art of Soul for the Earth at Hilo's Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Bayfront, Hilo, Hawai'i.
Multi-talented, to say the least, Calley also collaborates with master stained glass artisan Lamar Yoakum in Waimea, to create elegant works of art in glass and mosaic.
Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her paintings are visual prayers and Feng Shui cures, having a positive effect on one’s feelings. Having lived for over 30 years in Hawai’i, O’Neill’s themes have centered on the Hawaiian people, their relationship to the Earth and to Ke Akua Nui ~ The Great Mystery.
Writers have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘wise woman’, ‘a healing force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ A thoroughly skillful design consultant and design team facilitator, Calley sparks innovative thinking and leading edge design solutions, for the purpose of bridging the gap between economics and ecological sustainability, beauty and efficiency.
Working closely with highly regarded Kupuna (wise Hawaiian elders), Calley is being guided to make the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole an opportunity to educate, inform and inspire 3,000,000 visitors a year to walk gently on the Island, and to at least do no harm.
The Rama Exhibition ~ An Epic Journey of Art and Soul for the Earth, was done in collaboration with Calley's partner, an Asian elephant artist named Rama, with whom she worked intensely for five years. There 22 completed paintings, were selected to premiere at IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016, and the series continues to grow toward the projected 36 wildlife thangka paintings. Ultimately the Exhibition will also feature The Grotto of Hope, a stained-glass chapel of species with 42" x 42" stained glass windows, and much more.
Dedicated to the children of the world, The Rama Exhibition provides a promising vision of the future, a direct experience of the heart and the impetus for action and innovation through imagination.