The basis for my art starts in getting to know the beauty around me. My subjects emerge from ongoing communications with nature. Art is born amidst conversations with animals, trees, and all things in the natural world. This spirit buds into themes I express in Nihonga and Sumie.
My works reflect the intrinsic power of nature, as purified by simplicity of design. Each Nihonga piece is created in powdered mineral, oxide, and glass-based pigments. They are applied using the traditional heated nikawa, glues made from traditional rendering processes.
The minerals are powdered using ancient practices to first crush the rocks, and then separate them into different textures. I use #9 ~ #13 texture natural pigments and gemstones. In addition, I use metals (gold and silver), crushed shells, shiniwa, suihi, and sumi. Other examples include:
•White: oyster shell
•Reddish ocher: raddle, red ocher
I also paint with sumi, which is soot based, from both sumi sticks and liquid sumi ink.
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