I am a painter and printmaker. I began painting while working as an architect and eventually made the transition from architecture to works on paper. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where my family a had nursery business adjacent to our home. The plants and flowers that surrounded me in the garden and nursery inhabit much of my artwork today. My Nursery Series of etchings preserves not only my personal memories but the collective memory of a place, time and family.
I have studied sumi-e, traditional Japanese brush painting for the past ten years and continue it as a weekly practice. The focus, control and freedom of the art form inform my work as a painter and printmaker. While much of my artwork reflects the influence of traditional Asian art, my media is western and the subject matter is based on my experiences as a native Californian and my Japanese American heritage.