Christie Marie Elder Russell
Christie was born and raised in beautiful South Lake Tahoe~ California/ Nevada.
Christie knew from a very young age that she was created with different interests and drive from her peers. On Christie's first day of school in kindergarten when Christie saw all the big easels set up in the center of the classroom she thought she had found her ~ place. Sadly as Christie grew, she realized school would never honor her "creative" learning process. As a matter of fact, she was told many times inside and outside of school from many "authoritative figures" that she could not "make a living" at her passions that she had big plans for, especially because she was a "girl". Many times hearing: "How many famous artists do you know, in history, that are women?", "Women don't get paid an eighth of what men do in pro snowboarding, (circa late 1980's- early 1990's) ~how will you make it?"
Christie did take a different life path than what her "authoritative figures" would have chosen for her. Thankfully Christie did have a few people who did believed in her talents (including her Mother) and inspired and help her following her dreams. After graduating a year early from high school with college credits to go on national snowboarding tour ~then world snowboarding tour the next year. Christie made a living for 11 years ... as a professional snowboarder. It was never easy and she would fight burnout at the end of each season and always had to supplement her income in her off seasons with different jobs in the spring and fall. While snowboarding on tour in the winters, training and coaching in the summers on the glacier in Mt Hood, Oregon and 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). Eight of the years she traveled all over Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States and consistently ranked within the top eight in the World in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Christie 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 many of the first snowboarding competitions of her time including The California State Snowboard Series, US Open, Nippon Open, Mt. Baker Banker Slalom, Butterfinger Tour, XGames, Dew Tours, World Cup, World Championships and more.
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 with sports with her friends and family. In the winter Christie still snowboards and cross-trains at Silver Strike Crossfit. In the summers Christie enjoys wake surfing, wake boarding, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and camping and continue her cross training with Crossfit where she coaches three time a week.
Some of Christie's favorite mediums of art include: Oils, 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, 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.
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 it's forms throughout her art. She also feels that Lake Tahoe and Hawaii have a spiritual connection that is opposite in climate, but a parallel in mana / energy. 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 in the talents she has been given.
Some of Christie’s goals for her future in art include:
- 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 quality products~ in-house / from scratch and is earth and fare wage conscious with their production practices.
- 2022 Christie plans to Open a Fine Art Gallery and gift shop in Hawaii.
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