ARTIST CINDY COATS UNVEILS ANNUAL IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PAINTING
Hawaii Island resident and artist Cindy Coats recently debuted her ninth annual Ironman World Championship painting, commemorating the endurance event set here on Hawaii Island on Saturday.
The new, original piece for Kona’s iconic event is titled “Celebrate the Dream,” and incorporates “street art.”
“I’m surrounded by beauty and inspiration here on Hawaii Island,” Coats, a 21-year resident of Holualoa, said. “When I moved the gallery to its current location in 2008 creating an Ironman-themed piece each year was really a no-brainer – we’re located nearly directly on the triathlon’s start and finish line! You can’t help but be inspired by all the people you meet … athletes, trainers, family and friends. Everyone has a different reason for being here. It’s awe-inspiring.”
Each year, this event supporter challenges herself to come up with something completely new to celebrate the relationship between Ironman, the athletes and our community, according to her many collectors and fans.
“This event is electric — people from all over the globe gather here to compete with true respect and camaraderie and to enjoy that with their families and support teams. People are so happy to be here and they truly want something that is made in Kona that represents their special experience here. I am extremely honored by the support and encouragement I‘ve received from the Ironman World Championship officials here and at the corporate level over the years,” Coats said.