Lynne Boyer - Plein Air

Matt Tuohy
By Matt Tuohy
Friday - January 23, 2009



Lynne Boyer - Plein Air

She is known throughout the surfing community as a pioneer, but in the art community, she is known as a painter. Former professional surfer and artist Lynne Boyer was raised in Hawaii, leaving higher education to join one of the first professional surf tours in the 1970s. Boyer went on to win the state championship in Hawaii in 1975 and world titles in ‘78 and ‘79, just to name a few.

“It was too tempting not to drop out of school to do that, so I did,” she says. “I thought that when (pro surfing is) over, I can always go back to art.”

Which she did, after a long career in surfing that ended in the mid-80s.

“I didn’t really know how to do anything else other than surf,” she says with a laugh.

Kailua Beach Ironwoods. Photos from Lynne Boyer

Boyer says she has had a connection with the arts since childhood and that since leaving pro surfing she has taken classes at UH-Manoa, Windward Community College and in various artist workshops to expand her knowledge of painting and art. However, she prides herself on being mostly self-taught, as far as technique is concerned. “As far as formal education, that’s about it,” she says. “I haven’t gone to school to study art or anything. I’m not saying that I won’t ever, though.”

Budapest Reflections. Photos from Lynne Boyer

Boyer specializes in pleinair painting, a technique that requires the artist to be at the location she is trying to capture with paint using the day’s light as a timer. “I think it fits my personality type,“she says. “I like it because it’s out there in the elements, like surfing was - you see a lot more when you’re out there.

“Plus it’s really good practice because you have to guessed it, the ocean and surfing. She also says the more she paints, the more she notices the colors around her during dayto-day routines.

She Rips. Photos from Lynne Boyer

“The more I paint, the more I see,” she explains. “I look at things and think, ‘How would I paint that?’ I’m always thinking (in terms of) art.”

Boyer was added to the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, Calif., recently and will be added to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in February for her pioneering career as one of the first female pro surfers.

“It’s kinda cool, being there and remembering, keeping the history alive,” she says.

For more information on the artist or to see more of her work, visit



Urban Mural

Chun’s Reef. Photos from Lynne Boyer

Once again, the talent of 808 Urban proves that some of the best art is not on a canvas but on the sides of buildings. The urban art group recently finished a new mural located at the Miss Hawaii Building on King Street and Pawaa Lane.

“It’s a mural about trash in the ocean,” explains Estria Miyashiro, a local boy and member of the group who flew in from the Mainland to help with the project. “At first glance it looks like a pretty picture of the undersea, and the more you stare at it the more you see the trash.”

The mural depicts Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean and seafarers, looking over an octopus tangled in plastic products, schools of fish with some members stripped of their flesh and an eel poking its head out of an old tire on the ocean floor. There also is a line from singer and songwriter Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Hawaii ‘78 written on the mural that mentions the danger the land is now in.

This mural is one of many the group 808 Urban has created all over Oahu. They are done at no cost to property owners and usually keep vandals from tagging walls. Photo from 808 Urban

The mural is one of many that 808 Urban has created all over Oahu in recent years - a group consisting of former graffiti artists and gang members who teach younger generations not to repeat their mistakes through the art of graffiti and mural painting. The group paints on property only by invitation and on their own walls at Palama Settlement in Kalihi.

“We want to inspire the kids to think about what they’re painting rather than painting their name all the time,” says Miyashiro.“We also want to give back to the community, so we’ll do free stuff like this to raise awareness about issues.”

The group meets every Saturday at Palama Settlement to paint on rows of plywood set up for younger artists to create and be critiqued by veterans.“We want them to paint about things that are important to everybody, you know? Make a statement,” he says.“Graffiti kids feel disconnected from society, they feel like,‘Oh I’m not a part of it, I’m not responsible,’ so they go and tag stuff. But once we try to empower them, you see some political issues and what their identity and their culture is, and they start to become the voice for the community, painting stuff that matters to all of us.”

For more information on the group or to find other mural locations, visit

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