Jackie Pias Carlin’s interest in the arts began at a very early age. Her family taught her to sing, dance and draw. She also recalls writing fiction in grade school. Her teachers immediately ushered her into the school papers, which she hated.
In the early 70s, Carlin was a young professional night club singer, entertaining military audiences and Japanese honeymooners.
Carlin experimented in different printing techniques since 1978 including woodblocks, aquatint, embossing, monoprints and etchings. Serigraphy became an important part of her artistic livelihood at one time. She enjoyed serigraphy enough to convert her garage in Old Wailuku Town into a printing studio. In the spring of 1992 she displayed her serigraphs, oil paintings, drawings and handpainted quilted wall hangings in the Mayor’s Invitational Exhibition One Woman Art Show.
Original Watercolor Painting
17" H x 14" W
She is well known throughout the mainland and the Pacific Rim for her fabric art which she developed in the mid 80s. One of her main projects was working with Honolulu interior designer Mark Masuoka and the first Kapalua Bay Hotel for which she hand painted 156 yards of fabric for the lobby’s upholstered furniture.
In her “spare time” she involved her singing and dancing talents with community theaters throughout Maui. In 1978, she received the Kitty Award for her portrayal of “Bloody Mary” in South Pacific for Maui Community Theater. Almost twenty years later, she performed a one woman play, A Love Story written by Maui’s Ron Youngblood.
Jackie Pias Carlin is featured in the "Artists of Maui" book, and "Maui's Art and Creative People". She taught serigraphy to adults and children in the Hawaii Department of Education's Artists In The Schools program. She loves to cook, therefore, one of the projects she enjoyed was teaching a Filipino cooking class at Maui Community College’s continuing education program (VITEC). Ms. Carlin has been an Artist In Residence at the Hotel Hana-Maui.
Jackie returned to college in 1997 and completed her BA in Liberal Arts focusing on Human Relations at University of Hawaii Manoa/Maui Campus. Immediately after graduation, she spent the next five summers studying for her Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at its campuses in Vermont, Alaska, New Mexico and in Oxford, England where she graduated at the Lincoln College campus in Oxford. Her Masters studies concentrated on writing and the teaching of writing.
Her book, Spirit of the Village A Maui Memoir was published in 2006 and is in its second printing. This memoir is about her childhood-teenage years in a sugar plantation camp in Pa`ia during the 50s. It is a major contribution to the history of Hawai`i’s Filipinos and Maui’s sugar plantation era.
In 2009, art calls her once again and at the moment, she is up to her elbows in watercolor. Thanks to the Kaunoa Senior Center art class with Carmen Gardner, She renewed her love for watercolors. Jackie gives a memoir writing workshop at Kaunoa Senior Center twice a year. She is also completing two other books, a fiction entitled Rightful Identity, and another memoir entitled My Dance.
In 2010, Carlin was honored as one of the Women of Maui County-Writing Women Back in History. A watercolor, Orchid Gnome, was also accepted into Art Maui 2010.
Jackie Pias Carlin was born in Puunene and grew up in Paia, of Filipinia
ancestry; her father was a laborer from Ilococ Norte and her mother a
Filipina born in Hilo. Ms. Carlin has studied with Gloria Foss, Don
Roberts, David Warren, David Graves and the noted Big Island artist/printer