Kristie was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, a small town on the east-side of the Big Island. Surrounded by the Pacific and paradise, she fell in love with nature, beauty and the arts. She pursued the fine arts at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle then finished her undergraduate studies at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she was the recipient of the Thesis Award.

She is a fourth generation Japanese American and a Hilo, Hawaii-based painter. Art is Kristie’s daily practice which explores the intimate and ephemeral qualities of humanity through abstract works that honor a sense of that which is greater than herself. Her work aims to touch the hearts of others and manages to make the personal universal through the eternal languages of beauty, connection and visual storytelling.

Kristie’s work resides in numerous collections and has been exhibited nationally in galleries in California and Hawaii, as well as internationally in Japan. Most recently her work has been installed at the Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii State Capitol Building on the island of Oahu and the she recently completed works for the Sheraton Maui at Kaanapali. Currently Kristie has a studio in Hilo and Los Angeles.

Artist statement

The ocean is familiar and diverse. It connects us and divides. My work reflects the ocean to represent the parallelism and connectivity of humanity. My latest body of work, Immersed, is inspired by these connections with water. I translate and abstract these spaces and relationships into borderless imagery and narratives through paint and photography.


2018— Tiffany’s Art Agency “Larger Than Life” 2017 — Henderson Design Group Summer 2017
2017 — Four Seasons Hualalai "Exploring Abstraction" | Immersed Series | Abstracts
2016 — Hawaii's Master Artist Series at Four Season's Hualalai "Warm Waters" presented by Tiffany's Art Agency and Four Seasons Hualalai
2016 — Waimea Ocean Film Festival Four Seasons Hualalai and Mauna Kea Beach Resort
2016 — Henderson Design Group, "Warm Waters", Jan 4-Feb 29
2014 — Tiffany’s Art Agency-Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kamuela, Hawaii
2009 — “Sensory Perception,” 87zero – Honolulu, Hawaii
2009 — Hana Coast Gallery – Hana, Maui
2008 — “Energy Matters” Solo Show, Seyhoun Gallery – West Hollywood, California
2008 — Whole Nine Gallery – Culver City, California
2008 — “Art on the Avenue” Wyland Waikiki Hotel – Honolulu, Hawaii
2006 — Solo Show Seyhoun Gallery – West Hollywood, California
2004 — Otis College of Art and Design Senior Thesis Exhibition- Los Angeles, California


2019— Hawaii Pacific Health | Straub Clinic Ward Village Kakaako, Honolulu, Hawaii 2019— Hawaii Pacific Health | Straub Clinic Ka Makana Alii | Kapolei, Hawaii. 2019 — North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waimea, Hawaii. 2018 — Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
2017 — UHC Kamana Elderly Center, Hilo, Hawaii
2016 — UHC Urban Housing Development, Yucaipa, California
2015 — 740 Heinz Building, Wareham Development, Berkeley, California
2014-2015 —Urban Housing Communities UHC - Riverside Apartments Affordable Housing Project
2013 — Kyobashi Kameda Tokyo Clinic-Tokyo, Japan
2012 — Honolulu International Airport-Hawaiian Airlines International and Inter-island Terminals-Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 – Honolulu International Airport – International Terminal-Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 — Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children – Honolulu, Hawaii
2009 — Naniloa Volcanoes Resort – Hilo, Hawaii


2015 — Workshop with Vincent Desiderio for painting
2014 — Photography workshop with Michael Kelley Nassau, Bahamas
2013 — Studio workshop from Alyssa Monks, New York, New York
2013 — Photography workshop with Christa Meola, New York, New York
1996-1999 — Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, BFA
1994-1996 — Cornish College of Art and Design, Seattle Washington
1993-1994 — Hilo Community College, Hilo, Hawaii
1993 — Waiakea High School, Hilo, Hawaii, HS Diploma


1999 — Otis College of Art and Design Thesis Award Los Angeles, California
1992 — Kahakii Mayor Award Hawaii


Cal Magazine — 2018 Aloha Expressionism — 2016
Pacific Edge Magazine — July 2012
Modern Luxury Magazine — November 2009
OC Gazette,”Life is Art” — March 27, 2009
Art and Living Magazine — 2009
Art and Living Magazine — 2008


Henderson Design Group — Mauna Lani, Hawaii
87zero — Honolulu, Hawaii