Taro Fields and workers, Moanalua, Oahu, Hawaii, circa 1925-1930

Shirley Russell, (1886-1985)
Oil on Canvas/Board
18″ x 24″
 Exact location as noted by Shirley on verso, “North Road from Ft. Shafter to Damon Island & just east of the road from Honolulu to Ft. Kamehameha, Oahu, T.H.”
Born in Del Rey, CA on May 16, 1886. Shirley Hopper studied at Stanford University, CSFA, CCAC, University of Hawaii, and in Paris. In 1909 she married engineer Lawrence Russell and in the early 1920s settled in Honolulu. She was active there as an art teacher and painter until her demise on Feb. 6, 1985. Her work includes floral still lifes and seascapes. Member: Honolulu AA; Honolulu PM. Exh: Paris Salon, 1927; Honolulu Academy of Art, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1943, 1945; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1937; Oakland Art Gallery, 1943-45; CPLH, 1946. In: Academy of Arts, Supreme Court, Moana Hotel, all in Honolulu.
Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940” Who’s Who in American Art 1936-70; Honolulu Advertiser, 2-8-1985 (obituary).