Growing up in Tokyo I was fascinated by the watercolor and oil paintings of Japanese artists, both contemporary and historic, Master woodblock printmakers.
My subjects are found in ordinary surroundings, street scenes, city scapes and people going about their daily routines. My scenes are representational, graphics, detailed and captivating. Yet, there is a softness to them from the unexpected nature of watercolor's infinite possibilities.
In recent years I have been painting using a pouring technique which improvises strong value contrasts, as I am captivated by the intense light and shadow contrasts that play in the subject's various forms. The pouring technique requires many layers of glaze and numerous applications of a masking process. The resulting improvisations may free me from making color choices, yet, they capture the striking beauty of the scene.
My hope is that my painting will evoke joy in viewer's heart as it gives me great joy and pleasure to paint. I am thankful to our Creator for giving me and experience such joy.
I am a Signature member of Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists; and member of Rockville Art League, The Art League of Alexandria, and Gaithersburg Fine Art Association.
I have received many awards at International/National/Local juried exhibits.
"City Bikes" received first place in Water media category at 2023 Rockville Art League Spring Juried show.
"Gelato Line" received Honorable Mention at 2023 Gaithersburg Fine Art Association's Annual Juried show.
February 2023 "Morning City Walk" received Best in Show at annual fundraiser's exhibit at the Art League in Alexandrea.
"Let the Vacation Begin!" was awarded Honorable Mention at the Art League 2023 January Juried Show.
"Quiet Day in Provence" received Third Place in Watercolor Category at 2022 Fall Juried Show at Rockville Art League.
"Copenhagen Moment" received Memorial Award at 2022 Philadelphia Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibition.
"Memory of Venice" received Third Place in Watercolor at 2022 Rockville Art League Spring Show.
"Good Day Sunshine" received Honorable mention in 2021 Fall Juried Show at Rockville Art League.
"Revelation" received Virginia Watercolor Society Award at Potomac Valley Watercolorists Winter 2021 online Exhibit.
"Coming and Going" was awarded Honorable Mention at 2021 Montgomery Art Association Labor Day show.
"Stop and Smell the Flowers" was awarded Honorable Mention at 2021 Baltimore Watercolor Society Signature member show at Caroll County Art Council.
"Milan Red Carpet" was awarded Honorable Mention at Rockville Art League 2021 Spring Juried show.
"Coming and Going" was awarded second place and "Mykonos Welcome" received Honorable mention at Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association 2021 annual Juried show.
"Lismore Flowers" received Best in Show at the Art League March 2020 juried show, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
"Lunch at Lake Como" was awarded Honorable Mention for the Potomac Valley Watercolorists 2020 online Exhibit.
"Backstreet of Copenhagen" received Colson Art Printing award at 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition.
"Red Umbrellas" was accepted to 2019 National Watercolor Society 99th International Exhibit and received Philadelphia Watercolor Society Cash Award, and Sales International Inc./Dr. PH Martin's and Jack Richeson & Co. Merchandise Awards.
"City Bike" received Honorable Award at 2019 3rd International Watercolor Contest founded by Abu Rawash. The image of my painting was included in the 2020 Selected Artists publication.
"What News in Bologna?" was awarded Honorable Mention at Potomac Valley Watercolorists 2019 St. Andrews Show.
"Peddling Up the Cobblestone" was awarded Honorable Mention at 2019 Baltimore Watercolor Society signature member show at Hoffberger Gallery.
"Rainy Day in Vancouver" was awarded Gold Medal at 2018 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International juried Exhibition.
"Waiting for the Opening" received Jain Malkin Award at 2018 San Diego Watercolor Society International juried Exhibition.
Current and future Exhibition
-Monthly exhibit at Gallery 209, Artists and Makers, 11810 Parklawn Drive Rockville, MD.
- Green Spring Gardens Exhibit (Potomac Valley Watercolorists) in Alexandrea, VA.
- The Art League Gallery and Gallery 75 at Torpedo Factory Art Center
- Glenview Mansion in Rockville for Rockville Art League Spring Juried show.
- Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg for Gaithersburg Fine Art Association Annual Juried show.
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and
poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”
-Leonardo da Vinci
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