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Art & Life with Keiko Tanabe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keiko Tanabe.

Keiko, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m primarily self-taught as an artist. I became a full-time artist in 2005 with almost no formal training or experience. I used to enjoy drawing when I was little and sometimes did a little sketching when I traveled as an adult. I worked as a marketing person in an international law firm and consulting firm and did not plan to do art for a living. But I became serious about art just before 2005, took a drawing class, practiced watercolor in earnest, and decided to make a career change in 2005. I’ve been painting, exhibiting, selling my art ever since. I have also started teaching watercolor painting in 2011.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My medium of choice is watercolor. With it I paint mainly landscape, cityscape, interior scenes and portrait. As an avid plein-air painter, I work on location directly from life most of the time. When I become part of the scene, all my senses are engaged, then allowing me to go beyond visuals and paint from almost an intuitive level.

What often inspires me is light and atmosphere of what I choose to paint. I try to interpret and capture the essence of the scene and hope to explore creativity in each of my paintings. It is such a pleasure for me when viewers can see and feel the connection to my artwork.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Enjoy being on an artistic journey. It takes a lot of hard work and can be a bumpy road but it’s worth traveling. Share your art. Creating is our pure pleasure but it can make other people happy only when it’s shared.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Online – my website, social media (Facebook, Instagram)
Exhibitions – my exhibition schedule is posted on my website
Galleries – List of my galleries is on my website
Workshops & Demos – People who register can watch & learn my creative process as I do demos.
DVDs & Books – available. Details are on my website

Contact Info:

Giverny Garden I

Broadway Impression

Julian Winter I

Light Through the Canyon

Walk on the Beach

Waiting for a Flight I

Image Credit:
Photos of my artwork: Campos Photography, Escondido, California

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