Hello, world. I am a Brooklyn, New York based selftaught illustrator. Several years ago when I was stuck in my life, I quit everything and started to paint hoping to find a new prospect in my life and nurture my inner child. Since then, I have been painting.
My artwork comes from everyday life in my neighborhood. I draw, paint and print in my loft studio. Most of the materials I use are also from the neighborhood. I get inspiration from beautiful Prospect Park. I run along the Brooklyn Bridge Park. I see beautiful sunset from my rooftop. I walk around in my neighborhood with a sketchbook. And I meditate in my studio to be present.
I’m trying to bring out the five-year old in people through my artwork. Because I believe that is the last moment before children start learning how complicated the world is, and that was when I once stopped drawing. It took me decades to come back to myself.
Now? Here I am drawing everyday!
New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book
National Parenting Publication Award, Gold
Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
Keio University in Tokyo
New York School of Interior Design in New York
Grew up in Japan,
Creating in Brooklyn, New York,
I love Moomin Troll, Totoro and...