"It started out as a quick digital sketch, I decided to make it into a painting! Backyard Sunset depicts a moment I had a few months back when I realized, for all the struggles this year, how full my life is with simple, joyful things. Cats, pizza making, a wonderful guy, a studio to make art, coffee with friends, bonsais, a view of the sunset from the lanai, outdoor showers, cool breezes and good books. For me, this piece is a reminder that a lot of little things add up to a beautiful life." ~ Christie Shinn
A peaceful depiction of a lush backyard with a tropical sunset in the background, printed on aluminum metal 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.