Onna Hui (o-na hue) was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, a native of the Parkside district. She completed her Baccalaureate of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in art history at San Jose State University.
The painter describes her work as an exploration of human thought and emotion. Her paintings act as personal letters, raw monologues, and visual poems of expression. Nature plays a pivotal role in this process; it is from the great outdoors that Onna sources her ideas and lays down the foundation to her work. From the omnipotent night sky to the far-reaching canopies of old-growth redwoods, from the unhurried pace of a December morning to the woodsy musk of autumn, nature is where the painter feels she can best bridge the chasm between the internal and external.
When she is not standing in front of the easel or hunched over her drawing board, Onna can be found running, hiking, writing, or reading. Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is one book with which she connects deeply. She is a bibliophile and has quite the love affair with charming, old bookstores (a favorite is MacLeod's Books in Vancouver, B.C.).
A born-again Christian, the painter's relationship with Christ is a personal testament to love, salvation, resilience, and hope in the midst of all that is imperfect.
Often described as a bit quirky, a smattering of strange, a smidge idiosyncratic, but always entirely heartfelt, Onna embraces walking on the road less traveled and encourages others to do the same. Get lost in the forest and find a way out that is all your own.
Autumn is her favorite time of year.