My work is heavily influenced by my time spent growing up in both Japan and America, focusing on concepts of culture shock and understanding. I like to juxtapose areas of tense detail with minimalist calm. Through this juxtaposition I intend to illustrate the dualities we deal with through the human experience. I want to show what it feels like to experience both the pleasant and unpleasant similarities, differences, and contradictions that govern our world today. To further this concept, my painting process is usually a enduring battle between my preconceived intentions and the reality of the paintings response. This creates a cycle in which I will often make an entire painting, and then begin a brand new painting on top, leaving only remnants of my initial intentions in the final piece.
Eastern Illinois University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2015