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Secret Sanctuary - Signed Artist Canvas of Hawaiian Coral Reef and Green Sea Turtle

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Hawaiian sea turtle art painting by Hawaii ocean artist Karen Whitworth


The Story Behind This Sea Turtle Painting

In this vibrant underwater painting, a green sea turtle glides effortlessly through the coral reef as tropical fish and other colorful sea life float about. This tropical island sea life scene was inspired by the Hawaiian snorkeling experiences of the artist, Karen Whitworth. One such occasion was off the island of Maui, near black rock at Kaanapali beach, when a turtle much like the one in this painting joined the artist for a lazy swim among the coral. The colors of that day, the sensation of weightlessness, and the company of such a beautiful animal, still bring her joy many years later.


Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle art and coral Reef - Underwater Painting Canvas Wall Art in Home Decor Interior

About the Honu - Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

The honu, (which is the Hawaiian word for sea turtle), are common throughout all the Hawaiian islands. In traditional Hawaiian culture they represent long life and good fortune. Often viewed on the beach, resting in the sand, the female sea turtle will also use this as a location to dig her nest. After hatching, the babies face many dangers in the years that follow. Thanks to sea turtle conservation efforts and federal protections prohibiting people from harming them, their numbers are now increasing.

Our favorite place to learn about this beautiful species is at the Maui Ocean Center. In addition to all the other marine life they have on display, there is also an exhibit of juvenile sea turtles. Also known by their scientific name as chelonia mydas, these baby turtles are more cute than you can possibly imagine. It's an excellent opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal while supporting an organization that is doing great things to protect them.

Upgrade Your Hawaiian Sea Turtle Art Print

To bring an extra sense of depth to your honu painting, be sure to choose "Artist Enhancement" while selecting your options. The Artist Enhancement upgrade includes hand painted accents and lush texture, by Karen Whitworth. This stop at the easel adds richness and dimension to the marine life, and especially the sea turtle, that can only be accomplished with genuine paint. The addition of enhanced color and brushstrokes also make it difficult to discern your new Hawaiian turtle print from an original painting. Please be advised, due to the time required to enhance the canvas, this upgrade is extremely limited to a small number of canvases each month. Enhancement availability is not guaranteed. If you are interested in adding this option to your turtle painting but it is not available (sold out), please contact us and we will put you on our Artist Enhancement waitlist. You will then receive early notice of new openings for canvas print enhancement.

Be sure to also check out our other Hawaii paintings in our virtual art gallery, as well as Karen's underwater painting collection.

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Woman and Hawaii painting on canvas of Hanalei Kauai by Hawaii artist Karen Whitworth

Made Just For You

Each Hand Signed Artist Canvas is made to order and personally inspected by Karen Whitworth. With several display and framing options to choose from, you can transform your environment into an inviting tropical oasis that suits your space perfectly. 


Pictured: "Grounded" Hawaiian Landscape Painting of Hanalei, Kauai

Hawaii artist Karen Whitworth

Meet the Artist

Over the years, Karen Whitworth's Hawaiian paintings have caught the attention of collectors, the world over. Her award winning art is known to communicate a passion and energy beyond the physical world. From lush Hawaiian landscape paintings with ethereal jungle waterfalls and colorful rustic cottages, to radiant tropical flower paintings full of drama and color, Karen's work shows tremendous love for the islands and brings a sense of wonder to the viewer. With her unique way of harnessing paint and light, she brings a vibrancy to her artwork that seems to defy the abilities of oil paint. Her strong command of her medium and her love for the subjects she paints radiates from her original art and had become a hallmark of her painting style and technique. You can read more on our about her passion for the Hawaiian Islands and how they inspire her on our Hawaiian inspiration page. You can also visit our about the artist page for more about her background and creative vision.

Hawaii artist Karen Whitworth
Karen Whitworth painting with paintbrush and paint

Upgrade Your Canvas With Artist Enhancement

If you are looking for something truly special to grace your wall, we recommend adding the "Artist Enhancement" option when ordering your canvas. Please note, this is only available in extremely limited quantities as each enhanced canvas spends time at Karen's easel where she adds dynamic texture and color to your piece using genuine paint, bringing an incredible level of depth and dimension. No two canvases are ever alike and due to the texture of each stroke of the artist's brush, they take on the appearance of an original painting. Due to the nature of this custom enhancement process, please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

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The Extras...

As a Karen Whitworth Signature Collector you will automatically gain access to exclusive collector promotions and early access to new releases. Each Signed Artist Canvas comes with an embossed and hand signed Certificate of Authenticity to remain with the worth for it's lifetime.

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Let us handle the details

From our professional framing services to expert packaging, we take art very seriously. Your Signed Artist canvas is made for you in the USA and shipped out with tremendous care.
Manufacturing of your canvas and framing takes 3-10 business days. Your canvas transit time within the US will be approximately 3-5 business days depending on your location. (Our largest canvases will require custom shipping schedules. Should your canvas require this, we will contact you with your delivery date.) While in route, you can track your package online as it makes it's way to you. 
All karenwhitworth.com orders always enjoy FREE SHIPPING within the United States. International Rates calculated at checkout. More info about shipping prices can be found here.

Explore the Process

From start to finish, the art of Karen Whitworth embodies the pursuit of beauty in the details.

Hawaiian art of Hibiscus flower by Hawaii artist Karen Whitworth

The Art

Each of these works of art start on the easel of Karen Whitworth as a blank canvas, and soon becomes an original oil painting full of depth and drama. Known for her use of pure vibrant colors and a sense of light that is said to glow, these tropical flower paintings radiate with her passion for beauty and the natural world.

Certificate of Authenticity for Hawaii artist Karen Whitworth

The Canvas

After the painting has been completed it then enters the preparation phase where Karen oversees the creation of each painting into an artist canvas. She then inspects each one, ensuring every brushstroke is always perfect. Karen then adds her signature to the canvas and it's accompanying hand embossed Certificate of Authenticity.

Hawaiian art on canvas

The Enhancement

A limited number of canvases are available each month with artist enhancement. Each one will spend time at Karen's easel where she builds up texture and highlights, adding depth and value to your canvas. Afterwards it is almost indistinguishable from an original. This custom enhancement makes it appear as if the painting is unfolding right off the canvas.

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