Painting always made me feel like time really does not exist. I could lose myself in it so much that nothing matters. Painting is also my outlet for my thought, questions with no real answers, and emotion that otherwise crowd my brain. Although I feel like I don't tread life smoothly as I wish to, I can give meaning to my struggle/ human struggle by painting it. And if someone can resonate with it and understand it, or touched by it, that process is all worth it.
I am originally from Japan, lived in Maui and Big Island, Hawaii last 15 years or so, raising my three beautiful children. I homeschooled my children, lived with nature, practiced off-grid sustainable living there.
My life dramatically changed when my family and I decided to move to Nevada City, California. I could no longer define myself as an acupuncturist, I lost my beautiful garden where I spent so much energy on, ocean was so far away, and I left the Island I thought I was going to spend rest of my life at. As I turned 40, I felt depressed and purposeless. I lost everything I defined myself with. It was as if I was shedding everything I was decorating myself with so the world can look at me and be proud of. I started to doodle with my youngest, trying to pass Northern California's cold winter I wasn't use to. Doodling reminded myself of how much I wanted to pursue art when I was younger, which I gave up based on my financial obligation.
I don't really have a set painting style since I just got back to painting about a year ago. I hear that you want to stick to one style as a professional artist so audience can tell right away that it is indeed your art. I seem to disagree since famous artist of all time such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse changed their style of art throughout their life. One thing I have not changed is that I use my family members and loved ones as my models. I am hoping to evolve and better myself in this life journey through painting so I will have no regrets, and I can say I tried my best when I leave this planet. And hopefully, I can touch others with my paintings.
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