About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

“Look, I painted that”, is what students say when looking at their finished work of art.

It’s a proud moment for them, one they can carry with them years after the process is completed. Students get to be part of a group that has an idea or theme, that turns into a vision, that gets laid out and enlarged onto a huge wall and painted by the whole group.

Along the way they are planning, discussing and learning to communicate ideas with drawings and colors. They are also measuring and proportioning and most of all, they learn the satisfaction of good old hard work and perseverance for a job well done.

Artist Biography

Fine artist/  Illustrator/ Art instructor, Jeff Pagay was born and raised in Hawaii and has been in the art field since 1983. Fueled by a wild imagination and a passion to draw and paint, Jeff is constantly sketching and designing characters and concepts for new drawings and paintings.

Some Projects include large wall murals, book illustration, and fine art canvas using acrylics and oils. As owner of West Oahu Art Academy Jeff enjoys sharing his love and knowledge with students.

When Jeff is not painting he enjoys the beach, bike riding and watching Star Trek movies.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.