Bio: I took my first painting lesson when I was 9 years old from an extremely accomplished painter living next door to our family in Japan where I grew up. I eventually attended Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington and North Seattle Community College for my training in painting. I love figurative and narrative work. Christian themes have been the most challenging because any artist hopes to do original work but the Church has such a rich tradition of religious paintings those biblical themes often feel like clichés. But it is also deeply gratifying to go back to the Bible for inspiration. My work is in private collections in the United States, Thailand, The Netherlands and Norway. I accept commissions for narrative portraiture creating a record of a time and place in the relationships within a family or a descriptive moment in a person’s life.