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About Artist Nadia Fairlamb

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Nadia Fairlamb, a teaching artist living in Hawaii, was influenced by the beauty of every day functional items she was exposed to while growing up in Europe. To her, beauty and function are synonymous. Her art formal art training began in high school and then continued while earning her BFA in sculptural ceramics and archaeology in Texas. During and after college she worked as a technical illustrator of archaeological artifacts, a muralist and also worked for a stained-glass window manufacturer. Her current sculptural work focuses on the design imagery found in Polynesian cultural artifacts plus the harmonious repetition of those symbols and the feeling of being in the ocean. Her sculptures are a combination of functional materials (mirror) with tropical hardwoods, resin, paint, and paper. She enjoys creating her work with hand tools, her specialty being the jig saw.

Her clients often say a unique energy is felt in her work. She trained for 12 years with a meditation and yoga teacher and is often asked to create pieces for her customers while in meditation. She strives to create beautiful and finely crafted art that is an investment to last generations. Nadia is confident working in large scale commercial projects, residential commissions, and creating designs for architects to be installed into homes and businesses.

wood art Nadia Fairlamb

Her original artwork is for sale at art galleries and retail stores on Oahu, on several online art galleries, and her website. She is in several private collections world-wide and has been seen in several Conde Nast Magazines. As a teaching artist Nadia’s legacy is to give back to our next generation by teaching fine art to children grades 4 and up in her art studio located in the lush farmland of Waimanalo.

Learn more about Nadia and see her work at her website www.NadiaFairlambArt.com and on Instagram @nadiafairlambart.

Help Nadia Build Her Art School for Children

kids art class Nadia Fairlamb Art

From Nadia Fairlamb:

“My passion is to make sure children get access to art education. For many kids, painting, drawing, and sculpting is a powerful outlet for the immense amount of energy we all have, as some kids learn visually or kinesthetically.


The process of making art helps us all connect to and trust our true nature.  As a child, I learned to problem solve first with my body and then secondly with my mind.  We are all creative beings and with guidance, we can all trust that and channel that energy.


I am running this Indiegogo Campaign to raise money to complete the construction of my new art school in Waimanalo.  To be ready for the summer school sculpting, painting, and drawing classes, the buildout must be completed by June 1st, 2021.  I already have one local public school, an all-girls private school and many home school children signed up for these classes.  Art education is essential.  Help me help them.”

Contribute to Nadia’s art school fundraiser here.

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