About the Artist
 

Jill Painter Christierson grew up 
in a family of artists. Her father,
Jack Painter, was an aeronautical 
engineer and an accomplished 
watercolor painter and jewel smith. 
Her sister, Johnna, majored in art 
in college and  was an  art director
for
California aerospace firms. 
Growing up in a home filled 
with creative people and projects 
provided a unique education, 
but having the surname of Painter 
was definitely a challenge, 
and Jill left most of the making 
of art to her father and sister. 
 

 

She enjoyed making signs 
in High School, and took art classes at Cal State
S
an Luis Obispo while majoring in Business and English.  After college Jill trained to be a retail clothing buyer, and worked for various stores in California and Hawaii. The years spent picking colors, patterns and prints was a different kind of art class - one that enlightened the eye.

 

 

Two years after moving to Hawaii in 1977, Jill discovered a few creative people in Lahaina, Maui painting on clothing.  Art and fashion - the two influences in a perfect meeting! One thing led to another and pretty soon Jill had a boutique selling her and others' creations.  The early, fun days in Lahaina, where creativity flourished amid affordable rents has passed; but Jill's art-to-wear can still be found at the Sunday Craft Fairs at the Lahaina Civic Center and on cruise ships that sail between the Hawaiian islands weekly.

 

As Jill was finding success of the commercial sort in hand decorating clothing, her art education was furthered by classes in watercolor at the Lahaina Arts Society and in drawing, painting, and papermaking at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center on Maui. Her fine art work has been presented at the Village Art Gallery and the Hana Coast Gallery.  Her paintings, handmade paper, and art-to-wear is collected by patrons world-wide.