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Rising Artist Lauren Roth Breaks Boundaries With Bold and Colorful Graphic Patterns

One of Hawai‘i’s rising fine artists, Lauren Roth breaks the boundaries of the standard tropical pictorial with mixed-media designs that combine lively, graphic patterns with quirky Island characters. Here, we learn about what drives the talent behind the infectious smile, plus her go-to local shopping spots.


Photos: David Croxford


If art imitates life, then Lauren Roth’s daily routine paints a picture of colorful fun. The sunny outlook from her beachfront Kailua studio and hiking adventures inspire the party-happy hues and pulsating designs found in her works, which include canvases, trucker hats and relaxed tees.


Your work is so energetic! Where do you find inspiration?

In everything! How can you not be inspired here? The natural beauty, which obviously comes out in the images I draw and the bright colors I use. Also, the people. It seems that almost everyone I meet here has a passion and they really pursue it, which gives me even more drive to do so.


Are you self-taught or did you attend art school?

My parents gave me my first easel at an early age. In middle school I started taking watercolor classes. Later, I attended and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, where I studied art history and illustration.


Each piece seems like such a labor of love. How does your design process work?

Everything I create consists of many layers. I begin with a random idea that pops into my head, or something I see that I would love to draw. I prep the piece by either painting a solid color or dripping paint across the surface. From there, I create a pattern on top, I let the drips of paint guide the direction the piece will go in. Then, I draw very tight, detailed illustrations. I love the juxtaposition of patterns and layers with line drawings!


Is there a local artist you’re itching to collaborate with?

Photographer Sarah Lee’s underwater pictures are incredible. I would love to have a few of her large prints to paint on top of.


How do you keep your creativity going?

Hiking always refreshes me. My favorite hike is Olomana in Kailua. I also go for a quick dip in the ocean when I need my mind cleared—the ocean cures all.


Finally, your artwork wouldn’t be possible without …

The constant love and support from all the local stores and galleries that carry my work, and, of course, all the amazing people who buy it. Most importantly though, my husband, not only is he a great assistant, he constantly encourages and inspires me to keep on creating and reaching my goals.


Lauren’s Faves:

Local jewelry line

I love how clean and simple Imi Jewelry is. You can dress it up or down, but either way it makes an elegant statement.

Imi Jewelry Aztec 14K gold-fill necklace, $88, Owens and Co., 1152 Nu‘uanu Ave., 531-4300.




Date-night outfit

House of Aria has cute styles and accessories that are great for date nights with my husband.

Romper, $48, 1140 Bethel St., 531-2742.




Home décor

Chai Studio has beautiful furniture pieces and their awesome bedding selection fits in perfectly with my own home style.

Handmade cotton blanket, $220, Ward Centers, 536-4543.



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