Kiana is an artist/designer born in Hawaii, raised in Southern California, started her own family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but now resides permanently in the “Aloha State” on the island of Oahu.
She is a lifelong, self taught and mentored artist, and studied as a Graphic design major at OSU.
Visual art, performance art, and music has always been an integral part of her life and upbringing, as the daughter of late artist Daniel Keiser, and niece of the late Randy California of the 60’s rock band SPIRIT (just to name a couple) After a major catharsis in 2008, she fully dedicated herself to cultivating a career in the arts. Her life experience, paired with an unquenchable thirst for creativity and experimentation, truly allows her to work within many style genres and with varying mediums.
Inspiration truly comes from everywhere, and my current work reflects inspiration and affinity for nature and how the abstract color field and expressionist styles apply to the subject matter. I truly became fond of watercolors after experimenting with it as I would in “staining” styles of work with oil and acrylic – the fluidity, the unforgiving and yet beautiful accidents that seemed to occur when working with it… I begin each piece, sometimes with certain intention – yet allowing the paint the freedom to take on life of its own, organic and unrestrained even from the confines of my brush or fingers…
Coming from a musical family, I most often paint with music, because my emotional response to auditory sounds also plays a major role in the process of the work… Although I paint within various mediums, style and subject matter, I tend to gravitate toward growth and creation, positive, and uplifting artists and works. My process varies on medium, but love to use unexpected tools for expression, Such as my love for Minimalist compositions, Sumi Brushes and watercolor!
Kiana’s unique interpretation of the watercolor garden-scape, and abstract pieces garnered the attention of the online art world and maker-movement curators and designers first with with features in THE JEALOUS CURATOR by Danielle Krysa, JUSTINA BLAKENEY, The Artsy Forager, and with Art and Design magazines and bloggers like ELLE DECOR, Whitney Port.com, ANTHOLOGY Magazine, The Artsy Forager, Country Living Magazine, DOMINO Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, TORY BURCH Daily, etc…
She works within many aspects of the art and design world, as a fine artist, textile and surface designer, and Illustrator, for health, beauty and fashion, and fine art clients.
Collaborations are an important and integral part of her artistic M.O. She has partnered with Big Brands, maker oriented platforms and Galleries alike, and can find her work in-store and on sites such as: WEST ELM, Pottery Barn, ANTHROPOLOGIE, Artfully Walls, GREAT.LY, Lulu and Georgia, One Kings Lane, IKEA, MINTED.com, ORION magazine, Domino.com, BRIKA, Ugallery, COLLECTOR San Fransico, M.I.A., Saatchi Art, Scoutmob, etc.
She has her own small online boutique on ETSY, and has a large number of licensed works