June 13, 2017

There are days I meet my son at the train station after school. This gives me roughly 15 minutes each way to sketch and paint. Most of the time I only remember to hit the record button after I start liking the painting and think, oh this would be a good one to share. The other day I finally remembered to record. This 2 minute video represents the 20...

June 6, 2017

I struggle to make decisions. Even the simplest questions can leave me confused.

What do you want to eat? I don’t know. Let me think about it for awhile… A donut? No, too sweet. A hamburger? That’s always good if it’s got avocado. But too greasy. Ramen? No, too oily, maybe on a cool day. Sushi? Maybe for lunch, not dinner. And so the internal convers...

May 26, 2017

Modified from the article at Kids Book Review with Kate DiCamilo.

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.

I have the hardest time answering questions and making decisions. But most people can figure that out pretty quickly.

2. What is your nickname? 

Gura. Because my full name in Japanese in a nightmare to pronounce. It sounds like a Russian...

May 10, 2017

There are occasions when I complete an image and am pleasantly surprised by it. Perhaps the colors harmonize or the lighting sings and it's almost hard to believe I had a part in making it. I think, "There must be some other creative force that partnered with me in accomplishing the task." Perhaps I get surprised because all too often it's a battle....

May 9, 2017

One stigma of the artist is of a dreamer lounging around waiting for the moon and planets to align, and the mood to strike. Those of us who struggle with our art on a daily basis know otherwise. We often have to fight for the time to create.

Some days I may only have 30 minutes to lay down a sketch and perhaps an initial color block in. I may ev...