About the Artist

My background

Stefanie Culbertson has been painting with watercolors since she moved to Kona, Hawaii in 1989 as a teenager. It  is her favorite medium and the Islands, their lush beauty and diversity continue to inspire her art. 

Growing up in the "Old World" in Germany she was immersed in art and theater. She built her foundation in various techniques as an art major in high school, and attended the Art Institute studying various techniques. At the same time, she studied acting  techniques at a professional theater as well. She continued her studies in both media when she came to Hawaii, attended Hawaii Community College, and studied The Meisner Technique with Jim Jarrett  in Waimea. Stefanie went to California for eight years.  She worked and performed on and off stage and camera in many productions and continued with her art.  During her time  in California, Stefanie earned her AA Degrees in Liberal Arts and Drama, and her BA Degree in Digital Design.  

My experience

On November 13, 2006, immediately after graduating with her BA in Digital Design, Stefanie started her own business Tiffany Arts Designs, selling her fine arts - watercolor paintings, working on commissions and creating digital and graphic design work.  Since 2011, she is a working member artist (and currently President for her 4th year now) at Kailua Village Artists Gallery in Kailua-Kona. She was part of the Cooperative gallery in the early nineties as well. In 2012 she joined the Blue Sea Artisans Gallery as a working member artist  in Keauhou Kona since . Her art is displayed at both galleries 7 days a week. Every Wednesday, she is a regular vendor at the Ho'oulu Community Artisans and Farmers Market in Keauhou Bay.   She offers workshops in watercolors and acrylics for adults and children and seasonally based arts & crafts for children and adults.  She held her art classes at the Keauhou Shopping Center,  the Sheraton in Keauhou and also at private homes for groups.
Stefanie was a regular vendor at the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll on Alii Drive for six years, and was part of markets at Parker Ranch Center,  The Cherry Blossom Festival, Cream of the Crop, Kona Coffee Festival, Mother's Day  and Kona Town Night Market.

My vision

Stefanie Culbertson's intention is to portray the deeper, spiritual essence of her imagery with her vivid and luminous rainbow colors and reflecting light, capturing the beauty and diversity of life in Hawaii,  the rainbow state. Each painting has its own story and deeper meaning to reflect upon. Some of her paintings have multiple layers of imagery within,  the deeper you look, the more will be revealed.  She continuously researches Hawaiian mythology, history and legends and infuses them in her art. Stefanie is deeply grateful for her gift to be able to inspire and touch others with her art . A big mahalo, thank you, to all the people  world wide that purchased her art.


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Placing a Custom Order:


when you email me, I will respond within 24 hours and send you a reply email to confirm your custom order, design, class request, or question.

For Art: please email me the name of the painting or its number  (when you click on an image it will show it), the size of print and your choice of matting and framing you would like. 

For Designs: please email me with your custom design request. I offer custom designs or custom painting services  per hour or by  the job. 

Share your vision with me and together we can create something amazing.

 Mahalo, Stefanie


Kailua VIllage Artists Gallery, Alii Dr, Suite C-110, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740, United States

Mailing Address: Stefanie Culbertson Thennes, 74-5576 Pawai Place, Suite J 592, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740, US

Galleries showing Stefanie Culbertson's Art in Hawaii

Kailua Village Artists Gallery

Kona Marketplace
75-5729 Alii Dr., Suite C-110
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740


open daily: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Blue Sea Artisans Gallery
Keauhou Shopping Center
78-6831 Alii Dr., Suite 174

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740


open: M - F: 10 am -  6 pm,
Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun: 10 am- 2 pm

Ho'oulu Community Artisans and Farmers Market  
Sheraton Kona Resort in Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai St.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
open: every Wednesday 9 am- 2 pm