"Leopard Islands is my tropical take on Leopard Print. I loved the idea so much I had to take it to a larger canvas. Many hours went into painting each island with endless detail. It feels like a Where’s Waldo close up but it’s satisfyingly simple from a distance."
~ Christie Shinn
A vibrant portrayal overlooking a series of small islands, printed on aluminum by North Shore Oahu 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.