Volcano Art Center Featured Artists

Ivy Torrez and Tim Johnson (Small Scale Magic)

“We reside in the beautiful state of Hawai`i and continually gather inspiration from our wild surroundings. You’ll see many local scenes in our jewelry, such as Rainbow Falls located in Hilo, Akaka Falls, located just up the coast in Honomu, the black lava cliffs of Puna, and several different views of Madame Pele at work! As well, you’ll notice tons of native birds and flowers. (Ivy’s favorites!)
Besides our glorious island, Ivy paints what’s close to her heart, such as fairies, mermaids, humming birds (which we lack here in Hawai`i! Boo!), and owls. She comes up with new ideas for her paintings based on serendipitous inspiration, and there’s usually a story behind each pendant. Into these small scale magical worlds she pours her creativity and love, sitting still and slowing down for hours at a time, working in tiny strokes to create her eenie-weenie illustrative jewels.
Tim, a professional potter by trade, allots his energy to organization, and communicating with our customers. Ensuring that our customer service and quality control stay high, and that the handmade spirit remains alive in our work.
We hope that while exploring our store you find images that resonate with you. Ivy paints, believing that the magic she tries to imbue into each of her images will jump and accessorize your days with sweetness and celebration.”

IMG_0158_1024x1024 More of their work can be seen on our online shop here.