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 such joy.
I am a Signature member of Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists; and member of Montgomery Art Association, Rockville Art League, Alexandria Art League, and Gaithersburg Fine Art Association.
I have received many awards at International/National/Local juried exhibits. My most significant award is a Gold Medal received for "Rainy Day in Vancouver" at 2018 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International juried Exhibition.
"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.
"Waiting for the Opening" received Jain Malkin Award at 2018 San Diego Watercolor Society International juried Exhibition.
"Lismore Flowers" received Best in Show at the Art League March 2020 juried show, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
Current and future Exhibition
- Labor Day Weekend Art Show at Glen Echo Park.
-Monthly exhibit at Gallery 209, Artists and Makers, 11810 Parklawn Drive Rockville, MD.
- The Art League Gallery and Gallery 75 at Torpedo Factory Art Center
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and
poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”
-Leonardo da Vinci
All the images on this website are my original watercolors.
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