"Kaimana Sunset was inspired by the beautiful Kaimana Beach Hotel. Well... the parking lot actually. One of my favorite parts about life in Hawaii is that you can be at a McDonald’s drive thru, a concert hall or a parking lot between a hotel and a convenience store and find yourself stopping everything you’re doing to take in the beauty (don’t stop everything in a drive thru though, they don’t like that). The sliver of sunset through the open doors of the Kaimana Beach Hotel always stops me for a moment. If you think the parking lot is beautiful, you should see the beautiful art-inspired renovations they’ve done on the inside. Go ahead, follow that sunset to an open air restaurant and sit beneath a canopy of lantern adorned trees and watch the sailboats go by."
~ Christie Shinn
A beautiful portrayal of a tropical hotel with a view of a pink and purple beach sunset, by popular Hawaii artist Christie Shinn.
Christie is a Hawaii-based artist with a passion for surf, travel and design. Forgoing the familiar postcard imagery of Hawaii, Christie captures the everyday beauty of island life with her signature brush work and bright palette. Christie’s work intersects surf culture and modern Hawaiiana, re-imagining the local landscape for a modern audience.
Christie’s first painting lessons came from her grandmother who taught her the discipline and joy of making marks on canvas. After graduating university, she spent years traveling the world in search of surf, snow and inspiration. During her travels, she documented her life through art, always striving to better observe the world around her. When she reached Hawaii, the most colorful and vibrant place she had ever seen, she knew she found her home. Ten years later, Christie can be found at her studio in the woods on the North Shore of Oahu happily making marks on canvas.