Christine Ahia became involved in art as a child in Honolulu, and much later she received a BA degree in Art from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Taking classes in ceramics, watercolor, mixed media, and pastels expanded her interests and pastel painting became her favorite medium. Since then she attended many pastel workshops from widely known artists, and participated in invitational, solo, and juried shows in Hilo and Honolulu. Christine is a Signature Member of Pastel Artists of Hawai’i.
I’m a regional artist and love to paint plein air here mainly on Hawai’i Island and at different travel destinations. Landscapes, Seascapes, native birds, plants, and forests are some of my favorite things to paint. Combining hiking, camping, and conservation service with my painting is ideal, and I always enjoy finding new locations as well as revisiting familiar ones.
One of my goals is to encourage others to really take a good look at our unique Hawaiian environment and interact with, enjoy, and care for these places in a positive way, to Mālama ‘Aina. Painting plein air forms a strong connection with the land, and I strive to honor each place and represent it with expression, integrity, and aloha.
I also paint in my studio, sometimes to apply finishing touches to a plein air painting, or painting from my own photo references. Plein air is my preference!