Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media
When I see something beautiful, I long to capture the impression of color, air, and mood. I paint because I believe only a painting can capture the subject as well as its 'genius loci' - the unique atmosphere or spirit about it.
My goal is not so much about creating a visually accurate representation but depicting emotional response to the subject. I want the viewers to connect to the subject through positive emotions and flashbacks of pleasant memories. I am always looking for right color and brush strokes to convey the message, while keeping my style to reflect the subtlety and boldness true to my cultural roots. I strive to improve my technique in order to do the subject justice. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Keiko lived in Japan until the age of eight, when she moved to South America with her family. Growing up, painting and drawing were a favorite pastime for Keiko and her sister. She was a regular in the school’s juried competitions and often won ribbons for watercolors of animals and plein air landscapes. In 2007, she took painting classes with a painter Baruj Salinas. From him, She discovered the joy of transferring imagination into paintings and how much excitement art can bring into one's life.
In 2008, Keiko moved to Atlanta and began studying under the artist Charles Young Walls. Through his classic and logical approach to art, Keiko strengthened her fundamental skills. Charles' theological approach to art gave a new resolution to Keiko to learn to paint without any shortcuts. She focused on developing her skills from representational style, from which she can develop into other styles.
The art is a lifelong journey, and she feels that on a solid base of good understanding of design and technique, her journey can go further.