Artist of Earth's Mana ~ Aloha Aina

Artist Bio

Christie Marie Elder Russell

Artist of Earth’s Mana ~ Aloha Aina


Christie was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe California/ Nevada. Christie's artist grandmother and her first inspiration growing up. As Christie's experiences in life grew she was draw deeper into her passion for the arts... she knew she was created to be an artist!

Christie however took a different career path for the first 11 years out of high school... when she got the opportunity to be a professional snowboarder. It was an opportunity Christie knew she couldn't pass up with getting to travel the world, meet and travel with fellow competitors from around the world and learn about businesses in the Snow / Skate / and Surf industries. While snowboarding on tour in the winters, training and coaching in the summers on the glacier in Mt Hood, Oregon and getting to create her art, tattooing in shops in South Lake Tahoe in the Spring and fall Christie never lost site of her goal to be a professional fine artist.

During Christie's eleven year career as a professional snowboarder (1989-2000). She traveled all over Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States and consistently ranked within the top eight in the World in her favorite disciplines of Halfpipe and Slopestyle and also competed and did well in Boardercross & Big Air. During this time Christie also did a few murals, paintings (one commissioned in Japan), logos and got the pleasure of designing her own graphics for two of her Pro Signature model snowboards during her snowboard career. Christie’s snowboarding media pictures and articles were published in European, Japanese and American Magazines (even Vogue magazine), in 4 snowboarding movies, on FOX, ESPN, and many other TV stations around the world covering professional events and in countless newspapers around the world. She was a competitor in all the first snowboarding events including the US Open, Nippon Open, XGames, Dew Tours, Gravity Games, Dew Tour, World Cup, World Championships, West Beach Classic, Mt. Baker Banker Slalom and many other more snowboarding events of her time. At the age of 27 she retired to start a family. In 2014 Christie Marie Elder was inducted into the World Legends Hall of Fame for Snowboarding.

Christie loves to get out in nature doing sports. In the winter Christie snowboards. In the summers Christie enjoys wake surfing, wake boarding, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and camping. Year round she cross trains to stay fit at Silver Strike Crossfit.

Some of Christie's favorite mediums of art are Oils on canvas, Watercolors, Large Murals, Airbrushing candy polyurethane's on brushed metal (or cars), Silk Painting, Sculpting, tattooing, photography and… cooking. :) Her art is published on novel book covers, printed as graphics for a children’s book, and been published in news papers, magazines (Even Vogue), clothing, snowboards, kitchen ware, the web and more. She has also been featured on radio and television for her incredible talents in art. In addition she has donated her time to the creation of four large murals. Painting one in South Lake Tahoe, Ca for the Sierra Recovery Center, and three in Carson City, NV one for St. Theresa of Avila Church, one for Seeliger Elementary School, and one for a Crossfit Gym. She has also donated her time to teach art demo's at two elementary schools in Carson City, NV.

Christie has her own signature way of painting Nature and it’s empowering energy! Christie feels her deepest connection to our creator and her faith through nature. Christie's favorite element is water which shows up inspirationally in all its forms throughout her art. She loves the feeling that Lake Tahoe and Hawaii have a spiritual connection in Mana or "energy" but are opposites in climate and both have lots of water (in all its forms) to "draw" ;D ~ inspiration from. The love for the beauty and healing spirits of nature are both deeply rooted in Christie’s soul and art.

Christie Marie is analytical, creative and has a competitive drive to be her best.

Some of Christie’s goals for her future:

  • End of 2019 Christie will release her new brand that she has been working on to create products that she exclusively designed with her original art on it, including scarfs, purses, home decor and more. She has chosen to partner with a Canadian company that makes all their high quality products~ in-house / from scratch and are earth and fare wage conscious with their production practices.
  • 2022 Christie plans to Open a Fine Art Gallery and gift shop in Hawaii.


Links to interviews for Christie Marie: 

Tahoe Quarterly : Early Inspirationsin Arts, Winter 2015-2016