In 2016, I came to Finland from Japan. My plan was to stay here only for one year. However, I realized when I was painting Finnish landscapes, that I could never leave this country. I have been fascinated by Finnish nature and culture and live here.
I respect the moment when I feel holiness in a non-special place. And I try to express it. While facing an old tree, I embrace awe and affinity at the same time. An encounter with one tree brings that moment to me in Finland. Finnish nature has changed my work and life.
The Japanese traditional art which is called “Japanese Painting” has formed much of my thinking and painting methods. The artists of the present world – including me – are seeking new approaches to our artistic expression.
I draw in black & white using graphite. It is expressing my feelings immediately and directly on the screen. Focusing on the birch trunk, moss symbiotic there, and fern, I feel the culture, history and seasons carved in it. I also use mineral pigment and Japanese ink sumi to express light and shade, wet and dry, and stillness and motion. When each color and season appears in viewers mind, my work is completed.
While drawing a landscape of this country, I am thinking about what is Japanese painting and what is Finnish painting.