John Collins On The Rocks

Huggos On The Rocks John Collins Artist

Artist John Collins from Kona Seaside Gallery is a regular here at On the Rocks! We are very fortunate to have him paint at On the Rocks “on stage” Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Of course our favorite painting by John is his “Huggo’s Restaurant” painting!  (pictured above)

We recently had a chance to catch up John to get to know him and his art a little better in an interview.

1. How long have you been a big island/Kona resident?
I’ve lived in Kona for over 30 years. In the 70’s I lived in Hilo and Oahu for a few years.

2. What is your art background, training, experience?
Art background: College art classes but mostly self taught.

3. Please explain your paint medium (oil paint on canvas, etc):
At Huggo’s on the Rocks I use acrylic paints on canvas, because they dry immediately and can be taken home or packed right away. I usually finish 2 or 3 11″x14″ paintings each day ay Huggo’s. Many times folks buy the painting on my easel before it’s even finished.   When folks acquire a painting at Huggo’s on the Rocks, I sign it again on the back with the date in front of them and include a signed Certificate of Authenticity. I’ll include a copy.   These little paintings often lead to folks ordering larger commissions. Those I paint in my studio using oil paints on canvas.

4. It says on your website that “paintings reflect 30+ years of diving in Hawaii and oceans of the world” – where are some of your favorite dive spot in Hawaii or abroad?
Actually I don’t have any favorite dive spots. I find you can enter the water from the shore anywhere on the Big Island and have a unique and interesting dive experience. Every area of the world has its diving appeal. California has great kelp forest, the Caribbean has reefs and beaches, Pacific rim has wrecks and drop offs to name just a few.

5. What sets you apart from other painters in Hawaii?
Here on the Big Island there are many fantastic artist. There are however very few street artists. As far as I know I’m the only artist who paints “on stage” nearly everyday.

6. Generally, what days and times are you painting at On The Rocks? And why do you like painting at On the Rocks?
I usually paint at Huggo’s on the Rocks Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 to 3:00pm.  I enjoy painting at Huggo’s on th Rocks for many reasons. The view is outrageous for one thing.  I get to meet and talk with people from all over. They acquire a painting to remember they’re “possibly once in a lifetime” visit to the Islands. My paintings are now in nearly every country in the world. It’s amazing.

7. If someone wants to purchase a piece of yours, do you have a store/gallery or is online the best way to reach you?
I rarely use Galleries any more. You can order paintings or prints through my website or in person at Huggo’s on the Rocks or email me. Phone calls are welcome.  Email :

8. Please add anything that you would like people to know about you and/or you art work.
One of the most enjoyable things that happens is when folks come back on their next vacation and acquire another painting.

Mahalo to John Collins for taking the time to talk with us. We LOVE his paintings, and we’re positive our customers will love them too! If you’re interested in getting a painting from John please stop by On the Rocks Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and come see John in action! Off island inquiries please visit John Collins online for his contact info.


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