Educated at the University of Maine, Christina owned and operated an art gallery in Rockland for 10 years, representing over 50 artists. In 1999, she had her first solo show and, within 2 weeks, all 30 of her paintings had been sold. Over time, Christina found that the traditional, more conservative environment of Maine was limiting her progress as an artist, and found Maui calling her home to an unending array of artistic talent. Here Christina feels inspired by the natural beauty, feminine heart and sensuality of the island.
The Hawaiian culture feels like home to me in ways I could not have predicted. I am inspired by the honoring of the land and our connection to it, the honoring of our elders and ancestors and the wisdom they carry, the respect for the unseen forces depicted as Gods and Goddesses, the tradition of dance as a form of communication that is deeply soulful, the concept of creating Ohana and the importance of friends as family. There is a celebration of diversity here that just feels right. All of these things were alive in me long before I came to Hawaii and are what fuel my paintings. -Christina DeHoff