Watercolor Tour Date: May 12-21, 2016
About the Artist:
Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan. As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children’s art contests. However, art was not her chosen field of study later on. She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California). She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego.
In the last 25 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America. Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist. That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.
After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan. Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.
Mostly self-taught, Keiko started her art career in 2005. In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet. Since then her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across America and in Asia and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S. and France. She self-published several books of her art in 2012 and in 2013.
Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California. She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has completed successfully more than 70 workshops around the world. In the U.S., she has been invited to teach at venues such as the San Diego Watercolor Society (California), South Bay Watercolor Society (California), Southwestern Watercolor Society (Texas), Northstar Watermedia Society (Minnesota), and Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (Florida) and Santa Barbara City College (California).
See more of Keiko’s work here
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only)
are welcome to come and enjoy the island a their own pace.