I am a Japanese who works in Seattle and sees that valuable Japanese locales and landmarks, as well as the people who contributed to Japanese culture in the Northwest, are in danger of being forgotten.
At the same time, I am a person of the world, and have traveled widely. So my painting reflects this experience as well. World culture has become, by virtue of this experience, a part of my culture. And although I am by birth Japanese, the people that I have encountered have become my people. I have spent many years living in the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and have recorded my impressions of places and people there.
Lending painterly expression to these scenes and subjects is my way of preserving their memory for future generations. My paintings are in oil, a medium which is archival and which will last for many centuries to come, whereas many other media are more transitory. I may not live for a hundred years, but my subjects deserve to live on.
Culture must be actively supported otherwise it is rapidly lost. Once lost it is gone forever. Our experience is transitory and fragile, but our expression lives on.