"I have been a batik artist for over 20 years. My early artistic career was primarily focused on oil painting when I moved to Portland, Oregon from Japan. Part of what makes my work unique is the method I use to create each piece, which is a hybrid of traditional batik methods (with the step-by-step wax resist and dye bath applications) and fabric painting methods. The result is intricately detailed fine art batik.
While traveling in Bali in the mid-1990’s, I encountered an amazing number of talented artisans creating a diverse array of creative items. What struck me the most were the batik artists. Many people are familiar with the sarongs, shirts, and other clothing items made by this process, but I was impressed with the fine art potential of using this wax-resist fabric dyeing method in my own evolving work. When I moved from my native Japan to Oregon soon thereafter, I set out to integrate my skills as a painter with the batik method. I used a variety of fabrics, including cotton, rayon, and silk, and experimented frequently. Through this long process I gradually developed my own unique style of art. My experimentation with the batik process has been both challenging and rewarding. Initially I made batiks following the methods I learned in Indonesia. However, the more I worked the more I found myself venturing into combining batik with painting. It was a gradual breakthrough that opened up opportunities for greater aesthetic expression and potential. After all the wax is removed and the batiking steps are completed, I carefully stretch and mount the newly created work on canvas. Acrylic paints are then applied in selected areas. My subjects reflect my inspirations and begin as sketches of natural settings near my home in Oregon, as well as other places I've visited in the United States and abroad. My subjects are mainly landscapes and native fauna and flora. I am interested in the therapeutic aspects of art. I aspire to evoke in the viewer an essence of tranquility, peace, and warmth. In the past years my work has evolved into a completely unique style, and I am excited to see where it takes me.
My art reflects my love of nature, the resulting impressions when immersed in its varied forms. I have sold my work at various local art shows and art fairs. I hope my creations bring people joy, smiles, and tranquility."