A native of San Francisco, Theodore Wores is one of the best known artists to capture the old Hawaiian lifestyle on canvas. His most famous work, The Lei Maker, is a clear example of his ability to portray the spirit and beauty of the islands. The Lei Maker depicts a young woman seated on the ground peacefully stringing ilima flowers. She is dressed in a red holoku with a flowered head lei of red blossoms and green maile leaves.
Oil on canvas by Theodore Wores, ca. 1902. Perhaps the most popular painting in the Academy's collection. Poster size: 36 x 26 in. Image size: 19 1/2 x 24 in.