Meet Our Artists

Sarah DeYoung | sarcreate

Hey there! I’m Sarah, the creative visionary behind sarcreate (Sarah + create).

I’ve been a fine artist since the start of my adolescent years, but it wasn’t until the world shut down in April 2020 that I began experimenting with creating digital art, designing and illustrating. Flash forward to today, I am now creating full-time as an artist and freelance designer, residing in Maui, Hawai’i. Aside from creating designs for established + growing businesses, I sell prints and stickers in my online shop.

Ever since I could hold a crayon, I’ve been exposed to the arts. I credit my mother for constantly providing art enrichment activities around the house and my grandmother for enrolling me in summer art programs. In college my medium of focus was painting, though I also fostered a love for ceramics. I currently work primarily digitally, but love to get my hands into traditional mediums from time to time.

I studied at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art, earning by Bachelors of Fine Art in Art Education with a minor in Painting. Being formally trained in teaching K through 12 art, I love sharing art and theory knowledge with youth and adults alike. When I’m not designing for clients, I enjoy teaching art classes to students in the public school system as well as homeschool classes.

I was born and raised in the beautiful Great Lakes state of Michigan. As an adult, I’ve planted roots in Maine, Hawai’i and Alaska. Currently residing in Hawai’i has made me see inspirational elements in every step I take. I am endlessly inspired by the surf lifestyle and beautiful 'āina (land) of Hawai'i. I love mixing elements from feminine figures, surfboards, ocean and plant life. I am partial to working with a limited color palette and warm tones, but love expanding my art practice beyond what’s comfortable.

Some of Sarah's work 🌴

If you’d like to work with Sarah connect with her via IG

Sun Sea Swell | Alex 秀竹

Alex is a digital nomad who grew up in the U.K. and the Philippines. A former marine biologist and self-proclaimed island girl, her work is centred around the water, has a tropical flair, and the occasional skeleton (or two).

Some of Alex's work 💀🌴

If you’d like to work with Alex connect with her via IG

Michael Johnson 

Growing up in the shorebreak of slower lower Delaware, I’ve found a home within the beach culture. But now with one hand firmly on a pencil and the other hitting keyboard shortcuts I'm kitted with everything I need to follow my passion. If your goal is to have cool designs, merch, campaigns, or branding, a little bit of everything? Hit me up, I'd love to connect.

Mike is also doing a mural at our home in Rehoboth and we cannot wait to see how it turns out!! (stay tuned, I'll post pictures when he's done)

If you’d like to work with Mike connect with her via IG

Mari Nakane

Meet our talented illustrator, based in Japan but always riding the waves of Hawaiian inspiration.

With a deep love for the ocean, she crafts playful and distinct illustrations capturing the essence of waves, sandy shores, surf culture, hula rhythms, and the lush foliage that paints the islands.

Her creative touch also extends to a playful collection of stickers for LINE.

When she's not illustrating, you'll likely find strolling along the beach and creating some of her amazing art in the sand. She is forever connected to the sea's magnetic pul

Illustrator living in Japan who loves the ocean. She visits Hawaii every year and draws illustrations of the ocean, beaches, surfing, hula, and plants.
She also works on stickers for LINE.

If you’d like to work with Mari connect with her via IG @mililanimari

Brooke Kelley

Brooke is a Hawaii based artist. She is constantly inspired
by the beauty that surrounds her and it comes through in her art. From sea
to pavement, she loves surfing and skating. If you’d like to create fun things
with Brooke you can contact her via Instagram @bevyandbrine and go along
for the ride on her art adventures. 

If you’d like to work with Brooke connect with her via IG

Stephanie Coakley

Stephanie's journey into jewelry design began as an evolution from her 12-year career as a special events floral designer. Seeking a change from the long hours and physicality of working with flowers, Stephanie embraced her passion for creativity and design by venturing into the world of jewelry making.

Stephanie's jewelry and gift items are crafted with meticulous attention to detail, offering timeless pieces that effortlessly transition from casual to elegant. Her enthusiasm for supporting small and local businesses fuels her continued dedication to her artistry and her commitment to delivering exceptional quality and timeless style.

If you’d like to connect with Stephanie you can find her via IG @freshhomeandgift


Meet Whitney, the creative behind Studio WhitB, a digital artist whose love for the beach infuses every stroke of their stylus. Raised in a small beach town on the coast of Gulf Shores, Alabama, they specialize in hand-drawn artwork that captures the essence of coastal living, with a particular flair for typography.

With a background in Elementary Education and a passion for creativity, they spent years enriching young minds before dedicating themselves full-time to illustrating the beauty of beach life. Now based in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, their portfolio is a vibrant tapestry of sun, surf, sand, and intricate hand-drawn lettering, inviting viewers to escape into the timeless allure of the coast.

If you’d like to work with Whitney connect with her via IG @studiowhitb

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