"Crossing", from "Hills by the Bay", 2017; watercolor, 8.3 x 11.7 in.
"Crossing", from a series depicting the city of San Francisco and a part of my exhibition at Kaisu Hostel, Tokyo.
Memory is a valuable resource for our minds and for our souls. It moves us both backwards and forwards in time. It reminds us of places we have gone, people we have met, or foods we have tasted. It also gives us a sense of direction, by inspiring us to take the right and avoid the wrong path. Though memory is often hazy in our minds, valuable moments may appear miraculously clear.
The hills of San Francisco are one of many vivid memories I have of the city. They were an obstacle, a relaxing sight, and inspiration for my work. In a way, the hills are like my painting process. Sometime it’s stressful, sometime it’s loosening, and sometime it’s full of amusement. This show is a tribute to the city where I have lived well, grown deep, and strengthened my identity as a painter.
"Kinjo", from "Tama", 2016; watercolor, 8 x 10 in.
"Kinjo", from a series depicting my neighborhood in Tokyo where I was raised. These paintings were part of my first solo exhibition held at Another Cafe in San Francisco, 2016.
"Fort Mason", 2016; watercolor, 14 x 20 in.
One of the locations where I seek relaxation and away from busy streets of San Francisco.