What would your answer be if you asked yourself “What do I want?” My answer from the age of 6 was “to be an artist.” More specifically today it’s, “to be an artist who lives in Hawaii painting what captivates my attention.” When I am so deeply moved by an experience that I want to share it with others, I am where art begins.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. Peter Drucker says,
Four years ago I took a risk and moved to Maui. I had been a practicing artist for over 20 years, but now I am doing it in warm Maui where I wanted to live since I was ten years old.
I paint to communicate. I paint because it’s stimulating and energizing. And I paint because if I didn’t, I would explode.
Watercolor is predominantly my medium of choice, though I also enjoy painting in pastels and oils. Each medium has its own allure. Pastels are immediate and use pure pigment to give vitality to the color; oils have texture and can be worked and reworked, but watercolor creates a delicate dance between control and letting go. It makes me think and plan but then sweeps me away with its fluidity. Creating art sets my soul vibrating. It is my true passion.
Christine is a national award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited in Art Maui, Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center, the Schaefer Portrait Challenge, and is in the permanent collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She has taught at the University of Rochester’s Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery and has conducted workshops and given talks across the country. Her work is exhibited at Maui Hands galleries, The Gallery at Picture It Framed, and online at christinewaara.com. She lives in Haiku, Maui with her husband. When she’s not painting, she’s usually outside collecting more inspiration.