Christie Marie Elder's Bio
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. Her favorite subjects are the beauty of nature found in Hawaii and Lake Tahoe. Christie was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe California/ Nevada and while growing up Christie's family would go on trips to the islands of Hawaii. She feels that Lake Tahoe and Hawaii have a spiritual connection that is Yin Yang in climate, but same in energy. The love for that beauty and healing spirit are both deeply rooted in Christie’s soul and art.
From 16-27 yrs old Christie Marie was blessed with an 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's experiences as a traveling professional athlete have immeasurably enriched her life and art, opening her eyes to the eclectic beauty of the world. 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. In the spring and fall she would work in professional tattoo shops tattooing to supplement her income. Summers from June - September Christie would teach snowboarding at the snowboard camps on the glacier on Mt. Hood Oregon. Christie’s snowboarding was 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 XGames, Dew Tours, World Cup, World Championships and cutting edge snowboarding events of her time. In 2014 Christie Marie Elder was inducted into the World Legends Hall of Fame for Snowboarding!
At age 27 Christie retired from her snowboard and tattoo carriers to start a family. She has been blessed with two boys whom she loves being adventurous with while doing outdoor sports, the creative arts and much more.
With Christie's diverse exposures to the worlds visual, culinary, architectural and musical arts at a young age, she has been inspired to try her hand at many. Some of her favorites are 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 a few novel book covers and the graphics for a children’s book. Her art has been published in news papers, magazines and on the web. 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 Marie is analytical, creative and has a competitive drive to be her best in the things she loves. Now that her boys are teenagers her time has opened up a bit more to work on her art and career. Despite her initial shy spirit ~ she enjoys showing in public to share her Love of the Arts!