Janet Meinke-Lau

About Janet Meinke-Lau

About Hawaii-based artist, Janet Meinke-Lau

About Me


Hi! I’m Janet. My two passions are sketching and surfing.

Over a decade ago, I studied finance in New York City and had a brief stint in investment banking. I then studied and worked in the field of urban and environmental planning. I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in early 2016 in order to make surfing a bigger part of my life. Surfing has made me a morning, or even, a pre-dawn person.

Similar to surfing, I feel that I was meant to do art. Both bring me a sense of connection to the universe and an appreciation for its gifts - nature, community, life. There are gifts all around us, we just have to wake up to see them. In the spaces between the crashing of the waves and in the moment when paint first touches paper, I am focused, inspired and invigorated to create. I am in flow.

I am inspired by the awesome nature present in Hawaii - the colors of the sunrise, water drops upon the ocean, the unique bark of the palm trees, our sea life friends that we get to see up close when we’re lucky. Clients comment on the carefree and lightness quality of my art - how it’s playful and dreamy, but also incorporates structure. My artwork is hung in homes across Hawaii, the Continental U.S.A., and internationally.

I am available to do commission pieces for custom art in watercolor and ink. Contact me to start the conversation.


I was recently featured in HILuxury April May 2019 issue, page 36!

Artwork featured in the following publications:

  • Six featured illustrations including cover, the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center Programmatic Plan prepared by Karen Umemoto and Britta Johnson, and the Office of Youth Services, Department of Human Services, 2018. This report was integral in the passing of Senate Bill 2791 for juvenile justice reform and enacted as Act 208 on July 10, 2018. (Read more about my experience doing the sketches on-site here.)

  • Cover illustration, Transit-Oriented Development Special District Design Guidelines prepared by the Department of Planning and Permitting, June 2018.

  • Cover illustration, Diamond Head Special District Design Guidelines prepared by the Department of Planning and Permitting, November 2018.

Participation in recent shows:

  • 2019 Hawaii Watercolor Society (HWS) Members Show, juried by Stephen Quiller

  • 2018 HWS Open Show, juried by Donald Andrews

  • 2018 HWS Little Picture Show

  • 2018 Ka ʻike o ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean Show

I am mostly self-taught, but these are artists/mentors I have been trained and inspired by: