Friday, March 25, 2011

Print Sale In Support of Japan

As everyone is well aware, an unimaginable disaster has devastated Japan. Thankfully, my family is fine and not directly affected by the devastation – but millions have not been as lucky.

I have personally donated but wish to do all I can to support Japan. So I am offering my framed prints at a discounted price and will donate funds raised to Red Cross Canada.

All framed prints $120 (Reg. $150)
(Frame size 17x21")
For each print sale, I will donate $90 to Canadian Red Cross.
The Sale ends on April 3rd, 2011

To order prints,
1. Please go to to select the print(s) of your choice.
2. To order, please Email me instead of buying directly through the website as I haven’t set up the discounted prices on line.

3. Prints can be picked up at my studio in the Bloor West Village area (Runnymede and Bloor) in Toronto.
Delivery is available within the GTA for an extra $20 fee
Shipping is available with shipping fee. My regular handling fee will be waived

The need is so great, but together we can make a difference.
Thank you to everyone who has shared their concern and well wishes.
My appreciation is deep and unending.



Here are some information about Red Cross and the situation in Japan.

Message from Japanese Red Cross
"The compassion the Canadian people have demonstrated over the past week through their generous support to the Canadian Red Cross is incredibly uplifting at a time when we are dealing with a such an immense humanitarian tragedy. This financial support is very much needed and continues to be welcomed to help the hundreds of thousands of lives that will forever be changed by this disaster."


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Book Cover

I am happy to announce that my 2009 painting "Wait Under the Tree" is now a book cover! "Parting Gifts" by Toronto author Anne Hines, is a journey into the nature of loss in life and, as the title suggests, the gifts that loss can surprisingly offer.

The cherry tree is the national tree of Japan and poets have been writing poems about cherry trees for over one thousand years. Once bloomed, the stunning cherry blossoms remain for only a brief time before they fall graciously. It is this beautiful loss that has often been compared with life, and I think it is a fitting visual representation for this book.

In Toronto, High Park has a path of cherry trees that were donated by Japan, and they usually bloom the last week of April or the first week of May. It is a spring time event that is not to be missed.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This is a late notice for the holiday season but my 2009 painting "Snowy" was selected to be one of eight designs of Greeting Cards organized by Cornerstone 52 foundation ( The image was beautifully wrapped with a silver embossed frame and came with silver-lined envelopes. This is my second year to participate and all the artists involved have donated their artwork and 100% of Cornerstone's net proceeds go to support Canadian children's charities.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sunflower Field


My search for sunflowers.

Before I came to Canada, I visited my sister in Tuscany, Italy. It was late July and there were so many sunflower fields around the village of Rapolano Terme where my sister lives. During my four-month stay, I painted several paintings of sunflower fields. Sometimes I feel paintings of sunflower fields can be so cheesy, however, when I actually stood in front of them, I couldn't resist it. They were simply beautiful. It has been almost a decade since then, but I wanted to look for a sunflower field near Toronto.

I searched "Ontario sunflower growers", but the results lead me nowhere. I did find several images of sunflower fields in Ontario on Flickr, and some kind photographers even linked a map of the location. The photos were shot by several people in 2006 and 2007 and the location was Innisfil, Ontario and Mississauga, Ontario. So I drove there the next morning. The weather forecast was expecting rain in the afternoon so I wanted to get there as early as I could. When I entered Innisfil, it started raining. I hurried to the exact location, and there it was... a corn field, probably due to crop rotation every few years. I drove around the area without any success and moved to Mississauga only to find... another corn field.

That was last week. I didn't give up and went back to Flickr. This time I found some images from this year. So out again I went.

Wow. I found it. The only thing is that all of the sunflowers were facing the sun, away from me and there was no access to the other side so I couldn't go around.

I got several decent photographs from which to paint but standing on the road I was thinking "Oh please turn around and just look at me!"

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Field of Festival (tentative title), painting in progress.

I am looking for new colours.
Sap green and viridian have been my choice of green. In this new painting, I tried turquoise blue. It is hard to judge before the painting is dry and completed, but so far I have really enjoyed this new energetic colour. Mainly I wanted to try turquoise for the replacement of viridian so I mixed yellow to make greenish blue. Despite the fear of strong blue clashing agaist yellow and orange, the turquoise blended well with other colours and created an interesting colour balance.

I still want to work on the details of this painting. Not only the striking blue of turquoise itself, but also the purples made with it, deep green, light green were making the colours dance on the canvas. Sometimes using all the hues can make a painting "crazy cheesy", it seems that I can manage that in this case.

Field of Festival (Detail)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Gone but not forgotten

To be truthful, I have never been a Michael Jackson fan. Growing up in Japan, my first introduction to his music was having to study the lyrics of We Are The World in English class.
I was inspired to paint this painting because of MJ's enormous iconic pop culture influence. That jacket, that pose - recognizable across the planet.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Beaches Arts and Crafts Show

This weekend I am showing at the Toronto Beaches Arts and Crafts Show. The weather and the turnout have been wonderful thus far.

This is my first outdoor show this year and also the first time I have displayed at Kew Gardens so I carefully prepared and double checked my show set-up list. I set up the tent Friday evening and carried in my paintings Saturday morning and "ha!" I realized that I had forgotten all of my cat paintings and cat prints. Oops. Well they will be on display tomorrow.